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India

Human Spaceflight After Second Unmanned Mission In 2023: Government

"First unmanned mission is planned in December 2021," Jitendra Singh said. (Representational)New Delhi: The human spaceflight module of Gaganyaan will be launched after the second unmanned mission planned in 2022-23, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday.It was initially envisaged that the Rs 10,000 crore Gaganyaan mission aims to send a three-member crew to space for five to seven days by 2022 when India completes 75 years of independence."First unmanned mission is planned in December 2021. Second unmanned flight is planned in 2022-23, followed by human spaceflight demonstration," Mr Singh said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.His response also hinted at delay in the last and crucial manned spaceflight.In her Budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had...
India

Court Rejects 2nd Bail Plea Of Sadaqat Khan, Arrested In Munawar Faruqui Case

Sadaqat Khan's first bail plea was rejected on January 11 (File)Bhopal: An Indore court on Wednesday rejected - for a second time - the bail plea of Sadaqat Khan, who was arrested early last month with stand-up comic Munawar Faruqui, who is accused of "insulting Hindu Gods and Goddesses" and was denied bail thrice before the Supreme Court intervened.Mr Khan had filed the second bail plea on the basis of "parity" after the top court granted Mr Faruqui interim bail last week. In doing so the Supreme Court observed "allegations made in the FIR are vague" and that due procedure had apparently not been followed.NDTV has accessed the order issued by Additional Sessions Judge Yatindra Kumar Guru in Mr Khan's case, which indicates bail was opposed despite a lack of substance in the police's cha...
World

China’s Space Probe Tianwen-1 Enters Mars Orbit

Scientists hope to land the 240 kilogram rover in May in Utopia, a massive impact basin on Mars.Beijing, China: China's Tianwen-1 probe entered the orbit of the planet Mars on Wednesday, state media said, after it launched from southern China last July.It is the latest step in Beijing's ambitious space programme, which aims to establish a crewed space station by 2022 and eventually put a man on the moon, and has opened up a new, extraterrestrial arena for US-China competition.Tianwen-1 launched around the same time as a rival US mission, and is expected to touch down on the Red Planet in May.Its success comes the same week as the United Arab Emirates' "Hope" probe also successfully entered Mars' orbit -- making history as the Arab world's first interplanetary mission.Billions of dollars...
India

Man Arrested With Mephedrone Drug In Maharashtra

Ansari had been arrested by Byculla and Bhiwandi police stations two years ago. (Representational)Mumbai: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested a man for alleged possession of 412 gm of mephedrone (MD) during a raid in Kalyan taluka of Maharashtra's Thane district, an official said on Wednesday.Acting on a tip-off, the NCB's zonal unit intercepted a car on Shil-Kalyan Road and apprehended Wasi Ahmed Ansari alias ChMan Arrested With  412 Gm Mephedrone Drug In Maharashtrahotu, on Tuesday evening, the official said.During a search, NCB officials found 55 gm of MD on the spot and subsequently seized 357 gm of the banned drug from Ansari's home in Daighar of Kalyan, he said.Ansari had been arrested by Byculla and Bhiwandi police stations two years ago on the charges of attempt to murde...
India

AgustaWestland Case: Custody Of Anoop Gupta Extended Till February 12

ED submitted that during police custody of the accused, many witnesses were examined (Representational)New Delhi: Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court on Wednesday extended the Enforcement Directorate remand of businessman Anoop Gupta, who was arrested in the AgustaWestland money laundering case, till February 12.While extending Gupta's remand, Special Judge Arvind Kumar said, "Keeping in view the facts and circumstances, submissions made by the parties, the ED remand of accused is further extended till February 12, 2021.""....The Enforcement Directorate has sought further police custody remand of accused Anoop Gupta on the ground that he is required to be confronted with a witness who has come from Dubai and for confronting some documents and to find out money trail of proceeds of crime, " the c...
India

India To Do Its Best To Provide Vaccines To Canada: PM Modi To Justin Trudeau

Was happy to receive a call from my friend Justin Trudeau: PM Modi tweetedNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday assured his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau that India would do its best to facilitate supplies of COVID vaccines sought by Canada.PM Trudeau, who made a telephone call to the prime minister, said that if the world managed to conquer COVID-19, it would be significantly because of India's tremendous pharmaceutical capacity and PM Modi's leadership in sharing this capacity with the world, according to a Prime Minister's Office (PMO) statement.During the call, Prime Minister Trudeau informed PM Modi about Canada's requirements of COVID-19 vaccines from India.Prime Minister Modi assured his Canadian counterpart that India would do its best to support Canada's va...
India

13 Maoists Carrying Cash Rewards On Their Heads Surrender In Chhattisgarh

The maoists were disillusioned by the hollow ideology of Maoists, police said. (Representational)Dantewada: Thirteen maoists, three of them carrying cash rewards on their heads, surrendered before the police in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, an official said.Two women maoists were among those who surrendered before the police, he said.Dantewada District Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava said a campaign launched by the police to encourage rebels to lay down arms has evoked an impressive response, leading to a rise in surrenders by ultras.Among the 13 maoists, Jan Militia commander Lakhama Midiyami, 35, Dhankaranya Tribal Farmers Labour Organisation president Bhima alias Kamalu Karma, 40 and Local Guerrilla Squad (LGS) member Joga Midiyami, 28 were carrying a rew...
Sports

Club World Cup Final: Bayern Munich Wary Of Tigres’ Andre-Pierre Gignac, Says Manuel Neuer | Football News

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer says the European champions are wary of Tigres' veteran striker Andre-Pierre Gignac ahead of Thursday's Club World Cup final. Bayern face CONCACAF champions Tigres from Mexico at Al Rayyan, a host venue for the 2022 World Cup. If Bayern win, they will become the second club after Barcelona in 2009 to sweep all six trophies available to them inside 12 months. The German giants won the Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup, UEFA Super Cup and German Super Cup in 2020. Former France striker Gignac, 35, has scored six goals in his last four games, including a second-half penalty in Tigres' semi-final win over Pal...
Sports

BAN vs WI: Shell-Shocked Bangladesh Look To Level West Indies Series | Cricket News

Four days after crashing to one of the most astonishing defeats in Test cricket history, Bangladesh take on the West Indies in the second Test in Dhaka on Thursday knowing they must win to square the two-match series.  The shock waves of Sunday's defeat in Chattogram, which saw the West Indies make 395-7 in the fourth innings to record the fifth-highest successful run chase in the 144-year history of Test cricket, were still being felt among the Bangladesh set-up on Wednesday.  The mood around the hosts was not improved by the news that their injury list has grown.Talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and opening batsman Shadman Islam were both rul...
India

After Haryana, UP, Farmers To Hold Mahapanchayat In Punjab On Thursday

Farmers have been protesting the centre's agriculture laws since November (File)Chandigarh: After Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, farmers protesting the agriculture laws will now hold a mahapanchayat in Punjab - at Jagraon in Ludhiana district on Thursday - with as many as 31 farmer unions and around one lakh people expected to attend, and listen to speeches by farmer leaders like Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Rakesh Tikait and Samyukt Kisan Morcha's Dr Darshan Pal, .Arrangements for the gathering were proceeding apace at the New Grain Market in Jagraon, where a massive stage is being set up. The police have stepped up security to avoid any untoward incident.This will be the first mahapanchayat in Punjab since widespread protests - led largely by farmers from the state - against the centre's l...