Monday , 16 July 2018

World News

NASA blasts off Mars lander, InSight

AFP VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (US) NASA Saturday blasted off its latest Mars lander, InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for “Marsquakes” ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet. “Three, two, one, liftoff!” said a NASA commentator as the spacecraft launched on a dark, foggy morning atop an Atlas V rocket at 4:05 AM ... Read More »

2018 Nobel Literature Prize postponed after #MeToo turmoil

AFP Stockholm For the first time in almost 70 years there will be no Nobel Literature Prize this year, as the Swedish Academy that selects the laureate finds itself in turmoil over links to a man accused of sex crimes amid the #MeToo campaign. “We find it necessary to commit time to recovering public confidence in the Academy before the ... Read More »

China denies laser attack on US pilots at Djibouti base

PTI Beijing China Friday dismissed US’ charge that its personnel at Djibouti logistics military base in the Horn of Africa used military-grade lasers to target American aircraft injuring the pilots, saying that Pentagon’s accusation is “groundless”. The US has formally complained to China, alleging that the Chinese military injured two US airmen by directing high-grade lasers at American aircraft in ... Read More »

Technology can help India leapfrog into inclusive growth: Bill Gates

PTI Washington The use of technology coupled with bold decisions can help India leapfrog into inclusive growth and improve the quality of health and education, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has said. Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ campaign along with the socio-economic reforms, Gates said that digitisation can help monitor quality and eventually help the education system. The idea ... Read More »

Hawaii volcano shoots lava into sky; evacuations ordered

AP Honolulu Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted Friday, sending lava shooting into the air in a residential neighborhood and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for nearby homes. Hawaii County said steam and lava poured out of a crack in Leilani Estates, which is near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island. Footage shown on local television showed lava spurting into the ... Read More »

Aadhaar does not pose any privacy issue: Gates

Washington: India’s Aadhaar technology does not pose any privacy issue and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded the World Bank to take this approach to other countries as it is worth emulating, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said. Please like & share: Read More »

60-year-old C-130 that crashed in Georgia was on final trip

Port Wentworth (US): An aging C-130 Hercules that rescued and resupplied US citizens after last year’s hurricanes crashed onto a highway in Georgia during what was supposed to be its final flight, killing all nine Puerto Ricans on board. Please like & share: Read More »

Trump now confirms payment to actress but denies affair

Washington: US President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that he reimbursed his personal lawyer the US$ 130,000 he had given to adult film star Stormy Daniels days before the 2016 election to buy her silence over an alleged affair with the then presidential candidate. Please like & share: Read More »

Impacts of use of hidden veto in UNSC subsidiary organs

PTI United Nations India has criticised the use of “hidden veto” in the subsidiary organs of the UN Security Council such as the Sanctions Committees, apparently hitting out at China for repeatedly blocking its bid to list Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. A veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India’s ... Read More »