Sci-Tech
India’s South Asia satellite — A missed opportunity

The satellite is being touted as a Narendra Modi initiative. Facts tell a slightly different story. It began as a UPA project after the country’s external intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), sounded a series of warnings in late 2012 about the inroads being made into the South Asian space segment by China.

DoT survey finds 62.5% call drops from sample figures

Despite the claim by telecom operators that call drops have come down drastically, a survey conducted by the Department of Telecom (DoT) shows that a large number of mobile users are still facing problems. DoT claimed taking a number of steps to address the issue.

Regulatory regime mooted for WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype

The Centre informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it would soon formulate a regulatory regime, similar to one existing for all telecom operators, for Over-The-Top (OTT) services like, WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype, WeChat and Google Talk.

Vehicles with BS IV to sell from April 1 as SC bans BS-III cars

The Supreme Court on Wednesday banned the sale and registration of Bharat Stage (BS)-III emission norm-complaint vehicles from April 1, saying the health of millions was more important than commercial interests

ISRO’s GREAT LEAP FORWARD: With launching of 104 satellites in one go, ISRO’s next step the nano market

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) looks set to blaze a new trail with the launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C 37 from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. If all goes well, Isro’s workhorse launcher will lift off on Wednesday carrying a suite of 104 satellites in one go. This includes 101 nano-satellites ( below 10 kg each) from five countries — the United States, Netherlands, Israel, Kazakhstan and Switzerland — along with two Indian nano-satellites and a heavy Cartosat.

iPhone 7 models that will boast faster chips, more sophisticated cameras

Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone and maybe even a second-generation smartwatch at a special event in San Francisco on Wednesday. The rumour mill has been grinding away with talk of iPhone 7 models that will boast faster chips, more sophisticated cameras, and improved software while doing away with jacks for plugging in wired headphones.

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) will replace flash Drive for storing data

Some 50 years from now, optical, magnetic and flash drives will become obsolete and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) will be used for large-scale data storage. In July 2016, a team from Microsoft Research and the University of Washington along with Twist Bioscience, a San Francisco start-up, reached a milestone by successfully storing 200 MB of digital data in DNA. The size of this synthesized DNA containing data was comparable with the tip of a pencil.

India ranked world’s No. 1 exporter of information and communication technology: UN agency report

India has been ranked the world’s top exporter of information and communication technology in a UN agency report that recommended that the country leverage this lead to innovate in emerging areas where biology and materials sciences intersect with computing.

CBI accuses Ex-ISRO chief Nair in Antrix fraud of RS 578 crore

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday filed a charge sheet against former ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair and other senior officials in the Antrix-Devas deal case for allegedly facilitating a wrongful gain of Rs.578 crore to Devas Multimedia Private Limited. The charge sheet has been filed in a Delhi court days after the commercial arm of ISRO, Antrix Corporation lost its case in the international tribunal of arbitration in The Hague over cancellation of the contract.

India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile

In its effort to have a full-fledged multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system, India on Sunday, successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming hostile ballistic missile, from a test range off Odisha coast.

ISRO launches seventh Regional Navigation Satellite System India's own

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C33 carrying IRNSS-1G (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) lifted off from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 12.50.

Free Wi-Fi at 3 Unesco sites including Humayun’s tomb for 30 minutes

fter the introduction of Wi-Fi services at the Taj Mahal, internet access will soon be made available at Delhi's three world heritage sites--Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun's Tomb. The service will enhance the monument-viewing experience of a visitor as she could find out more about its history and other interesting titbits without draining their mobile Internet packs.

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