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WhatsApp Business app launched

Facebook-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp formally announced the launch of a new ‘Business’ application. Called WhatsApp Business, it’s a free-to-download Android application for business users. WhatsApp Business app plans to make it simpler for smaller businesses to connect with the customers.. . . . .

India test-fires nuclear-capable ICBM Agni-V

India test-fired its Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in its final operational configuration from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast, taking another step forward toward its eventual induction into the Strategic Forces Command (SFC). The nuclear-capable Agni-V missile can reach. . . . .

Nepal gets internet bandwidth from China

Commercial operation of Nepal-China optical fiber link is a major milestone for the development of internet infrastructure in Nepal. The launch of commercial optical fiber link between state-owned Nepal Telecom and China Telecom Global has provided an additional internet route in the. . . . .

Isro launches 100th satellite

Indian Space Research Organisation is back in the game as its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) successfully placed 31 satellites in two different orbits in one of the longest missions. PSLV-C40, in its 42nd flight, placed 31 satellites -- Cartosat-2 Series, Microsat, 28 foreign nanosatellites. . . . .

India to launch 31 satellites on January 12

India will launch 31 satellites, including earth observation spacecraft Cartosat, on January 12 instead of its earlier tentative schedule on January 10. "The rocket launch to carry Cartosat and other satellites, including 28 from the US and five other countries, will take place on January 12 at 9.30 a.m.,"  The. . . . .

SpaceX Launches Secretive Zuma Mission

SpaceX on Sunday i.e., 07/01/2018 blasted off a secretive U.S. government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature and the agency behind it remains a mystery. "Three, two, one, ignition and liftoff," said a SpaceX commentator as the Falcon 9 rocket launched under cover of darkness from Cape Canaveral, Florida,. . . . .

World’s largest wind farm to be built in North Sea

TenneT, the operator of the Netherlands’ electric grid, has come up with an ambitious plan to build an artificial island in the middle of the North Sea that on completion would support the world’s largest wind farm. The location for the artificial island is a region called the Dogger Bank, about 100 km (60 miles) off. . . . .

World’s largest battery facility started operations

Less than a month after Tesla unveiled a new backup power system in South Australia, the world’s largest lithium-ion battery is already being put to the test. And it appears to be far exceeding expectations: In the past three weeks alone, the Hornsdale Power Reserve has smoothed out at least two major energy outages, responding. . . . .

P.M launched Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line between Delhi and Noida

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a 12-km stretch of Delhi Metro's Magenta Line with a ride between the Botanical Garden and the Okhla Bird Sanctuary stations in Noida. Modi was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs. . . . .

World’s largest amphibious aircraft AG600 tested by China

China’s domestically developed AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, performed its maiden flight from an airport on the shores of the South China Sea, the latest step in a military modernisation programme.China has stepped up research on advanced military equipment as it adopts a more aggressive policy to. . . . .

NASA’s Kepler Mission found 8th planet in the Kepler-90 system

NASA announced it has discovered a new planet in a far-off solar system. The space agency live streamed a press conference from Washington D.C. to announce a new discovery by its Kepler telescope. They revealed the alien hunting project found an eighth planet — called Kepler 90 i. It followed years of studying 15,000 stars. . . . .

India ranked 109th in mobile internet speed: Ookla’s report

India is ranked 109th in the mobile Internet speed while its neighbouring countries - Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka - have registered better speed, says a recent report by the broadband speed measuring firm Ookla.According to data from Ookla's November Speedtest Global Index, India is ranked 109th in the mobile Internet speed. . . . .

Electronics and IT Ministry Ravi Shankar Prasad Launched First NIC-CERT

Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched first NIC-CERT, a setup of National Informatics Centre to prevent and predict cyber attacks on government utilities on 11/12/2017. NIC-CERT has been set up with the objective of creating a comprehensive framework that integrates world-class. . . . .

International Solar Alliance (ISA) becomes legal entity

The International Solar Alliance (ISA), which aims at increasing solar energy deployment in member countries, will become a treaty-based international inter governmental organization from 06th December 2017.  The ISA, headquartered in India, has its secretariat located in the campus of the National Institute of Solar. . . . .

Surface-to- air missile Akash successfully test fired

India successfully test-fired Akash its supersonic surface-to- air missile with indigenous radio frequency seeker from a test range in Odisha.The state-of- the-art indigenous missile targeting an UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) 'Banshee' was fired from the launch complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.

Country’s first ATR simulator of Air India commissioned

National carrier Air India commissioned its first ATR simulator at its Central Training Establishment (CTE) in Hyderabad. The new ATR 72-600 full-flight simulator (FFS) will meet the training requirements of the ATR pilots of Alliance Air, its regional arm, an AI official said. It is Country’s first ATR full flight simulator (ATR 72-600-212).

T-Hub and Boeing launches Boeing HorizonX India

Boeing in association with T-Hub has launched the Boeing HorizonX India Innovation Challenge 1.0. This programme aimed at attracting the best Indian start-ups to propose disruptive solutions to tackle complex challenges in the areas of autonomous and unmanned systems, advanced manufacturing, industrial IOT and automation, analytics,. . . . .

BrahMos missile successfully test-fired from Sukhoi jet

The Indian Armed Forces attained the supersonic cruise missile triad with the successful test launch of the BrahMos missile from an Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 MKI frontline fighter aircraft on Wednesday.This is a multi-platform, multi-mission weapon that can be launched from land, water and air. ##The missile has been. . . . .

Project Samudra by ISRO and CMFRI

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has joined hands with ISRO to identify potential fishing zone (PFZ), an area in sea where fishes are in abundance. #####Main Objective#####  The project named “Samudra” is aimed at helping fishermen easily locate shoals of fish without wasting time. . . . .

Daily Drug Regimen for treatment of Tuberculosis(TB)

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has recently announced the launch of the daily regimen for TB patients across the country under the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP). Health Ministry is providing thrice-weekly regimen for treatment of TB, however, it has now decided to change treatment strategy. . . . .

Push to encourage start-ups in cyber security

To encourage the development of new technologies in the field of cybersecurity, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will offer challenge grants of up to Rs. 5 crores to start-ups to spur research and development. Fact sheet: Minister for Electronics and IT- Ravi Shankar Prasad  

Telangana Fiber Grid under Phase-II of BharatNet

TelanganaFiber Grid programme is all set to a get a fresh boost with the Central government signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Telangana State government and allotting Rs 1,243 crore under Phase-II of BharatNet programme which is a hi-speed rural broadband network. The MoUs were signed during the national. . . . .

Bharat net Phase-2 to be launched on 13th November

BharatNet, an initiative of the central government to provide high-speed broadband connectivity to all gram panchayats by March 2019, would enter its final phase on November 13. Phase-2: With an outlay of around Rs 34,000 crore, the government aims to connect 150,000 panchayats through 1 million km of additional optical. . . . .

Haryana the First State to treat Hepatitis-C Patients with Oral Medicine

The state government has included oral medicine in government hospitals which would be provided free of cost to permanent residents of all categories at the district level.  Haryana would be the first state where health screening would be done for everyone and 35 to 40 necessary tests would be conducted. . . . .

China launched two navigation satellites

China launched two navigation satellites - China launched two navigation satellites, taking another step in building its own global positioning network to rival the US-based GPS with a constellation of over 30 satellites. The BeiDou-3 satellites were launched aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket on Sunday.

ISRO discovered a new galaxy NGC 2336

ISRO today released an image of NGC 2336, a magnificent barred spiral galaxy located in the northern constellation of Camelopardalis, or the giraffe at a distance of 105 million light-years away from Earth. This Galaxy was one of the first objects chosen to be imaged by the Ultra-Violet Imaging Telescope (UVIT) onboard. . . . .

World’s first Hydrogen tram

World’s first hybrid electric tram powered by hydrogen fuel cells has started running in China, marking a big step in the application of green energy in public transport.  It is the world’s first hybrid electric tram, with hydrogen being the main power source.

Planet Nine could be super earth.

The yet-to-be discovered ‘Planet Nine’ may be 10 times the mass of the Earth and 20 times away from the Sun than Neptune, a study says. According to researchers, Planet Nine could turn out to be our solar system’s missing ‘super Earth’ – a planet with a mass higher than the Earth’s, but substantially lower. . . . .

Switching to methanol as ship fuel

Union minister Nitin Gadkari has said India must use pollution-free methanol as fuel like Sweden which is switching over to it from diesel He said that in a bid to reduce pollution at sea, the Centre has initiated talks with engine manufacturers to make bio-fuel compliant engines for ships The Union Minister for Road. . . . .

Hypersonic Vehicle Realistic by 2050

India will make Air-breathing Hypersonic Cruise vehicles by overcoming all challenges within a decade from now to use them on military warfare opined scientists. They also said that the scientists would make affordable hypersonic planes by 2050 with which humans could fly from New York to New Delhi within two hours. lot of complexities. . . . .

Nalco plans two joint ventures

Aluminium major Nalco is planning to set up two joint ventures one with USbased Almex and another with Russia’s Rusal at the upcoming Angul Aluminium Parkin Odisha 

NASA’s spacecraft identifies magnetic tail around Mars

NASA has found some important information regarding the red planet’s magnetic field. The magnetic field around Marc is not visible to naked eyes. The magnetic tail looks like a rotating tail, and it is said that the reason behind this formation is the solar winds that have been stripping the planet of its atmosphere and. . . . .



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