India’s gagannauts will be sent to space at an altitude of 400km, the same height the International Space Station (ISS) orbits around the Earth. There is a possibility that gagannauts will be able to communicate with ISS astronauts when they are sent to space by December next year. The astronaut training of 4 shortlisted IAF pilots in Russia is going to start by January-end.
The govt is estimating a hit of around Rs 1 lakh crore due to a reduction in corporation tax, against Rs 1.45 lakh crore calculated when the move was announced in September. Official said this estimate was based on an analysis of advance tax payments and will provide much-needed cushion to the Centre. The tax collections expected to be lower than the budget estimate.
With the European Union Parliament set to introduce an anti-CAA resolution, the govt on Sunday urged sponsors and supporters of the draft to engage with India to get a full and accurate assessment of the facts before taking any further action. Calling it India's internal matter, the govt said that even European societies in the past had followed the same approach.
The government is set to clamp down on import of furniture and certain types of tyres, especially retreaded ones, amid concerns that cheap goods are flooding the market and pushing out domestic manufacturers. In recent months, the government has stepped up efforts to reduce “non-essential” imports as part of a strategy to boost the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Violence has never resolved any issue and no problem in the world can be solved by creating another problem, PM Modi said on Sunday, calling for a “new India” where fair and just solutions can be found to long-festering issues. Speaking in the context of the Bru settlement, the PM said patient negotiation and a fair approach to long pending problems had paid off.
India on Sunday opened a third hotline for its 250-odd students and other citizens caught in the coronavirus-induced lockdown in Wuhan even as China offered to evacuate Americans stranded there, raising hopes of similar arrangements being made for Indians. The government is believed to have requested the Chinese authorities to enable the evacuation of Indian students in Wuhan.
Retired basketball star Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, TMZ reported without citing a source. TMZ said Bryant was traveling with at least three other people in his private helicopter when it went down in Calabasas, about 40 miles (65 km) northwest of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Sheriff said on Twitter that five people died in the crash.
The ability of the new coronavirus to spread is strengthening and infections could continue to rise, China’s National Health Commission said on Sunday, with nearly 2,000 people in China infected and 56 killed by the disease. Health authorities around the world are racing to prevent a pandemic after cases were also reported in Thailand, Australia, the US and France.
Kaanta Laga fame Shefali Jariwala is the latest contestant to get evicted from Bigg Boss 13. The actress had entered the show as a wildcard entry and showed a lot of spark.
A volley of rockets landed near the US embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad Sunday, two security sources told AFP, in the latest unclaimed attack on American installations in the country. AFP reporters heard loud thuds emanating from the western bank of the Tigris, where most foreign embassies are located.
In a strong response to EU Parliament's draft resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the government on Sunday said that the matter is entirely internal to India. "EU Parliament should not take action that call into question rights and authority of democratically elected legislatures," sources said.
The police added that the demonstrators haven't taken any permission from the police to hold the protest.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will file a complaint with the NHRC against Yogi Adityanath government over Uttar Pradesh Police's alleged brutality against protesters during anti-CAA protests in the state, according to party sources. Many people were killed and several were injured during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Alia Bhatt extended a warm congratulatory note with flowers to Kangana Ranaut after it was announced yesterday that the ‘Manikarnika’ actress has been conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri Award. Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel shared pictures of the same on Twitter and stated, “Yeh dekho Alia ji ne bhi Kangana ko phool bheje hain, Kangana ka pata nahin magar mujhe bahut maza aa raha hai. (Look, Alia has also sent flowers. I don’t know about Kangana but I am really enjoying it)”.
The 71st Republic Day was celebrated in Kashmir amidst tight security. Lieutenant Governor's advisor presided over the main function. However most mainstream politicians stayed away.
Scientists in China are ramping up efforts to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus as the death toll on Sunday rose sharply to 56 and the number of people infected with the virus is expected to reach 3,000, prompting authorities to expand travel lockdown to contain the epidemic. Meanwhile, health officials said the virus's ability to spread is getting stronger.
India on Sunday opened a third hotline in view of 'large number' of phone calls from the Indians who are mostly students, the Indian Embassy in Beijing said.
Tata Motors teased the new iteration of its top-of-the-line SUV - Harrier - on YouTube, revealing a glimpse of what the new avatar may look like. The Indian auto major will be on its tip-toe at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020, where it plans to showcase a lineup of 26 vehicles -- 14 CVs and 12 PVs. We expect the BSVI avatar of the Harrier to premiere at the marquee event.