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Central Govt sends 79 questions To 59 Banned Chinese Apps

Weeks after banning the Chinese apps over security issues, the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology sent a fresh notice to the 59 banned Chinese apps in which the government has asked an exhaustive 79 questions...

NSDC, Microsoft joins hands to empower Indian youth with digital skills

In an initiative to transform India into a skilled nation, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is collaborating with Microsoft in aimed to provide digital skills to over 1 lakh youth in the country over the next 12 months...

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu launches indigenous app Elyments

"Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan is not a call for protectionism or isolationism," Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu said while launching India's first indigenously developed social networking super app - Elyments. He also urged every Indian to adopt the Atma Nirbhar Bharat campaign to transform “Local” India into a “Glocal” India...

ISRO's MOM Captures Image of 'Phobos' - Biggest moon on Red Planet

In a major development, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) sharing the images of Phobos stated that the India Space Organisation's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has managed to capture a picture of Mars' biggest moon Phobos with the Mars Colour Camera (MCC)...

PIL for the display of 'country of origin' on products via e-commerce; HC seeks Centre's stand

Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the e-commerce giants on a plea seeking directions to ensure that the name of the manufacturing country is displayed on products being sold on e-commerce sites...

India's digital strike against China; Bans 59 Chinese apps

Giving a massive jolt to China, the Ministry of Information Technology invoking its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act, banned 59 Chinese mobile apps including TikTok, UC Browser and Cam Scanner among others citing concerns that these apps are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order...

Historic reforms! Cabinet gives nod to private participation in the space sector

In a historic game-changing decision, Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved ambitious reforms to unlock private participation in the lucrative space sector. The aim is to boost private sector participation in the entire range of space activities. The reforms are yet another step towards making India self-reliant and technologically advanced...

ISRO gets Indian patent for LCHG human spacesuit

In a major development, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has got an Indian patent for its liquid cooling and heating garment (LCHG) human spacesuit. It is made up of biocompatible fabrics to provide a comfortable body temperature and removal of sweat in space. ..

CERT-In warns against massive large-scale phishing attack using COVID-19 as bait

Following the Australia government faced massive cyberattack, India's cyber security agency - Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) warned the people against Chinese malicious actors who are planning for massive large-scale "Phishing Attack" using Covid-19 as bait against Indian individuals and businesses. ..

Mukesh Ambani enters into Top 10 richest list, as net worth climbs upto $64.5 bn

The chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and Asia's wealthiest man Mukesh Ambani has become the ninth richest billionaire in the world on Forbes Real-time Billionaires List. The development comes as his net worth has raised to $64.5 billion after RIL raised more than $15 billion in just 58 days...

Intelligence agencies red-flags 52 Chinese mobile apps like TikTok, UC Browser over privacy concerns

The Indian Intelligence agencies handed over a list of 52 mobile applications linked to China, saying the mobile application poses a security threat to the nation as it would extract a large amount of data outside India. The agencies have asked the government to block or advise people to stop the use of the apps which remain popular among Indian users...

#BoycottChina: Telecom Ministry asks BSNL, MNTL to not use Chinese equipment for 4G up-gradation

As the tension between India and China is rising, the Telecom Ministry on Wednesday has ordered state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) to not use "Made in China" telecom equipment during its 4G up-gradation network. The decision by the Telecom ministry could play a major role in the 4G up-gradation purchases by its subsidiaries...

Samsung, One Plus To Manufacture Most Of Their TVs In India

Two biggest tech giants Samsung and OnePlus have announced that they are going to locally manufacture most of their televisions (TVs) in India, as the government abolished import duty on open cell TV panels, which constitute 70% of a television’s input cost. This would also aid them in preventing any possible damages to the supply chain in the future boosting PM Narendra Modi's 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' initiative. ..

Indian Origin Soil Scientist wins prestigious World Food Prize

Eminent Indian-American soil scientist Dr. Rattan Lal won the prestigious World Food Prize, for developing and mainstreaming a Soil-centric approach to increasing food production that conserves natural resources and mitigates Climate Change. Lal was awarded $250,000, which he said he will donate for future soil research and education...

Twitter takes down 1.7 lakh Chinese accounts spreading Manipulative Info About Geopolitical Narratives

The social-media networking giant Twitter suspended more than 1.7 lakh accounts for apparently posting and sharing information about spreading geopolitical narratives favorable to the Chinese government (Communist Party of China) and also for violating its platform manipulation policies..

'Private sector will be co-traveller in India's space journey' informs Union Minister Jitendra Singh

"The private sector will be allowed to use ISRO's facilities and assets and they will be provided a level-playing field in satellites, launches, and space-based services," Union Minister Jitendra Singh said days after the government announced opening up of the domain. He said future projects for planetary exploration will be open for the private sector...

Say Namaste - India's Own Video video conferencing platform now available on Google Play Store, IOS App Store!

Uplifting PM Modi's initiative of 'Vocal for Local', India’s very own video conferencing platform "Say Namaste" app which was earlier available only in the web version is now available on Google Play Store as well as on IOS App Store. The app has pitched itself as India’s alternative to the Zoom Video app...

Adani Green Energy Wins World’s Largest Solar Award

Gautam Adani's renewable energy firm Adani Green Energy won the world's largest solar bid from Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to build an 8 gigawatt (GW) solar power plant and 2 GW of additional solar cell and module manufacturing capacity over the next five years. This project will entail an investment of ₹45,000 crores and is expected to create 4,00,000 direct and indirect jobs...

Abu Dhabi Based Mubadala to Invest Rs 9,093 Crores In Reliance Jio; 6th Major Deal since April for RIL

In yet another major development, Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries Limited on Friday announced that Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala Investment Co bought a 1.85% stake in its digital unit, Jio Platforms, for Rs 9,093.6 crore. This is the sixth investment in the telecom firm since April...

Google takes down Remove China Apps from Play Store

Following the Mitron app tech-giant, Google Play Store now pulled down the "Remove China App" from the play store due to violation of app store policies On Wednesday...

NASA picks 3 Indian firms to make low cost COVID-19 ventilator

American space organisation NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has selected three Indian firms among the 13 international manufacturers to make the brand new low-cost ventilator that would assist the patients of coronavirus...

Govt open-sources code for Aarogya Setu, India's contact-tracking App

Week after a security researcher discovered many loopholes related privacy issues in the Aarogya Setu app, NITI Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant opened the source code of the coronavirus tracking app on GitHub repository. It is to address concerns around the privacy of data being collected by the app...

NASA and SpaceX prepares for historic launch

NASA confirms that the SpaceX and the agency are preparing for a historic launch of two astronauts on a rocket from Florida to the International Space Station ISS next week. The launch is set for Wednesday at 4:33 p.m. from launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida...

Snow Is Turning Green in Antarctica!

In a major development, the color of snow in Antarctica is changing. As the global temperature is rising exponentially on the earth, Snow in coastal Antarctica is turning green. It has become so prolific in places that it is even visible from space. ..

Gaganyaan: Four Indian astronauts resumes training in Russia

The training of the four Indian astronaut-elects for India's first manned mission to space Gaganyaan resumed at Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Russia. The training was halted in March due to lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus...

COVID-19: "Herd immunity" will it work for India?

As word herd suggests, does it mean that we all should get infected and develop immunity towards COVID-19? ..

Say Namaste App- 5 Ws 1 H answered in! Also know its one minor weakness in competition to Zoom

Giving a more reliable and secure alternative to the Zoom meeting app, the Mumbai-based company Inscripts has come up with 'Say Namaste' app, already crossed half a million users adding almost a lakh per day. This makes even more sense after PM Modi urged the citizens of India to opt for 'Made in India' ie local products over alien options. ..

MHA green signals online delivery in all 3 zones with few restrictions; All you need to know-

E-commerce giants announced they have started delivering all non-essential products in most of the locations and across all the three zones. This decision came after the Union Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA) released the new guidelines as the center extended the nationwide lockdown for a fourth time till May 31...

Another Equity Firm Joins In! General Atlantic To Invest Rs 6,600 Crore In Jio Platforms

Following the US tech giant Facebook, another American Private Equity firm General Atlantic buys 1.34 percent stake for ₹ 6,598.38 crores in India's leading digital services platform 'Jio'. This became the fourth mega-investment in Jio Platforms in less than one month...

Paytm provides 'Cash At Home' facility for senior citizens; Know what exactly it is-

In a bid to help the senior and differently-abled citizens amid the lockdown, Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL) on Friday has launched ‘Cash at Home’ facility for them so that they do not need to step out during this coronavirus pandemic...

Aarogya Setu app crosses 100 million downloads!

In a bid to track and to contain the COVID 19, Aarogya Setu App hit a massive milestone of 100 million users within a period of 41 days since its launch on 2 April. The Aarogya Setu app is currently the most downloaded free app on both Android and iOS. ..

National Technology Day: PM Modi hails Vajpayee's leadership ; salutes all technologists helping in combating COVID-19

On the occasion of National Technology Day, PM Narendra Modi on Monday saluted all those who are leveraging technology to bring a positive difference in the lives of others. This day is marked as a "landmark moment in India's history and 'exceptional achievement of our scientists" in a nuclear test performed on 11th May 1998...

India's Aarogya Setu becomes world's most downloaded healthcare application

India's leveraging technology to track the coronavirus ‘Aarogya Setu’ has now become the world's most downloaded healthcare application. It is also featured among the top 10 downloaded apps in the world in April recording close to 90 million (9 crores) downloads to date...

Reporting 3x growth in profits last week, Indian telco Reliance Jio gets busy expanding its equity network

Following the high-profile companies like US giant Facebook and Silver Lake, another US-based leading private equity firm Vista Equity Partners invested a sum of Rs 11,367 crore and bought a 2.32 percent stake in Reliance's subsidiary Jio Platforms..

#AarogyaSetu- Rahul Gandhi was right? And here supposedly the hacker went out of order!

And a word against word is enough to ruin the stakes! The Aarogya Setu App developers have issued a statement on Wednesday rubbing off the potential privacy issues that earlier noted that the data of 90 mn Indians was in dander...

India calls upon G20 nations to come out with concrete digital action plan fight COVID-19

India has called upon the G20 countries to come out with a concrete Digital action plan to fight the Covid-19. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today emphasized on the responsibility of G20 nations to focus on making inclusive and sustainable economies and societies that are more resilient in the face of the ongoing pandemic...

Amazon launches Pay Later service in India to assist customers; Teams up with Indian Railways to deliver orders

In a bid to assist its customers amid this lockdown e-commerce Giant Amazon India has now launched its pay later service in the country. Under this, customers can avail instant credit so that they can buy daily essentials, electronics, and clothing items among others...

Facebook launches ‘Messenger Rooms’ To Counter Zoom

Observing the up-surge in popularity of the Zoom platform in the midst of lockdown in almost all the countries across the world, Facebook has unveiled a new video chat service with virtual "rooms" where people can pop in to visit friends...

Largest FDI investment in tech sector : Facebook acquires 9.99% stake in Reliance Jio for Rs. 43,574 crore

US tech giant Facebook on Wednesday has acquired a huge 9.99 percent stake in Mukesh Ambani's digital telecom arm Jio for Rs 43,574 crore making the deal to become the largest FDI in the technology sector in India...

Flipkart, Walmart commits Rs. 46 Crores;To provide PPEs and essential relief materials for farmers

Flipkart along with Walmart Inc, Walmart Foundation on Saturday said to combat the coronavirus pandemic in India, they are going to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and arranged funds for organizations providing essential relief materials to farmers and small businesses...

3 NASA astronauts return from Space Station to virus-hit Earth

Spending more than 200 days in the space, three astronauts of the International Space Station (ISS) have arrived on Friday back to the earth that has been drastically transformed due to the coronavirus pandemic ever since they embarked on their trip to space...

Facebook pitches in to curb false info; to notify users engaged with harmful COVID-19 posts

Facebook Inc has announced that it will start notifying the users who had engrossed in spreading the “harmful” misinformation about the coronavirus on the micro-blogging site. Facebook will direct them towards the correct information available on the site. This new move has taken to tackle the false information spread on COVID-19...

Amazon, Flipkart to resume services from April 20

As the government allowed the services of vehicles belonging to E-Commerce companies during the lockdown, e-commerce giants like Amazon and Flipkart are preparing to resume their 'Full service' from 20 April...

CowPathy : Cow and her medicinal value: Part 2

Ghee is a product unique to India. For decades, its high content of saturated fatty acids was often blamed for prevalent dyslipidemia and enhanced risk for cardiovascular diseases and a high incidence of coronary heart disease among Indians...

Not emotionally, learn scientifically: Cow and her medicinal value: Part 1

The COVID-19 challenge has once again opened the gates of opportunities for gathering courage and patience. In this regard, the following references and a few postulates derived from primary and secondary sources would throw light on the necessity of fundamental research programmes which need to be executed. Multifarious research required in Ayurveda concerning Cow and her medicinal value. ..

CSIR-NCL Pune associates with Bharat Electronics Ltd; Develops two medical devices curb Corona

After Council of Scientific & Industrial Research’s (CSIR) joined hands with Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) for testing coronavirus samples, its constituent Lab on Thursday, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory Pune, has now associated with Bharat Electronics Ltd, Pune (BEL). It has also developed two new innovations that will help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in India...

Ritam’s new version is here with better user experience.

RITAM, an Indian news aggregator app has now come up with the latest version named KRITIKA 3.0. This update focuses on fixing some bugs and improving the stability of the app. This will enable users to use the app more easily and will allow them to navigate easily...

Medic 20 Robots to soon lower risk against COVID-19; Read more :

In the fight against the novel coronavirus, humans who are in close contact with infected patients are at high risk. Though researchers are busy doing trials of medicines, scientists are trying their best part to lower the risk of this pandemic. This is after trial of Medic 20 Robot was undertaken on Monday at the K A P Viswanathan Medical College Hospital in Trichy, TamilNadu. ..

Ahead in surge of mobile internet consumption, digital industry defaults HD content streaming to SD

After PM Modi's 21 days India lock-down announcement, all the companies from the digital industry have decided upon temporarily defaulting HD and ultra-HD streaming to SD content or offering only SD content, at bitrates no higher than 480p on cellular networks until 14th April...

National Science Day; 10 Indian women & their invaluable contribution in the field of Science

Gender equality has been one of the most debated topic in the past decade. Though most of us agree that women deserves equal rights and opportunities as men, yet there are many challenges that a woman has to face regularly. Celebrating National Science Day 2020 this year which highlights the theme of 'Women in Science', ..

National Science Day 2020; Celebrating organised knowledge!

National Science Day 2020: 'Science for all and all for science' is what the world believes and it is true to all possible extents of life. No one living on this planet today can imagine its being without science. To add a paradox here, the good thing about science is that its true whether or not you believe in it!..

Bodo Agreement to usher in a new dawn for Assam; PM Modi appeals extremists to Join the Mainstream

Prime Minister praised the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), Shri Hagrama Mahilare, the Chief of BTC and the Government of Assam for playing a very positive role in the Bodo agreement...

ISRO announces launch of Qualcomm Chipsets compatible with NavIC

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) informed today that it has provided consultation for Qualcomm towards enabling NavIC capability in their Snapdragon mobile chipset platforms...

Adding to many achievements, ISRO’s high power communication satellite GSAT-30 successfully launched

Adding another feather to the ISRO achievements, India's 'high power' communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched onboard Ariane 5 rocket in the early hours of Friday. The satellite blasted off from the French territory in South America. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the 'flawless flight' lasted about 38 minutes. With a mission life of 15 years, GSAT-30 is an operational communication satellite for DTH, television uplink and VSAT services...

Be ready with your binoculars, telescopes to witness beauty of Lunar Eclipse on January 10

2020 will we the feast year for stargazers and star lovers. The first penumbral lunar eclipse of 2020 is about to fall on January 10 i.e., later this week. NASA has coined the term ‘Wolf Moon Eclipse' for this celestial event, and it will be visible in India this time. In fact, countries across Asia, Africa, and Europe will be able to see the lunar eclipse, and the total duration is set to be 4 hours and 5 minutes. This is the first of the four penumbral lunar eclipses that are set to occur this ..

Scientists should discover long term solutions to current problems: VP Naidu graces valedictory ceremony of 107th ISC

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu yesterday called upon the scientific community to find long-term solutions to the problems faced by farmers and improve crop productivity and farmers’ income...

Impetus to innovation! 14 Indian scientists receive Swarna Jayanti Fellowships

Swarna Jayanti Fellowships have been awarded to 14 Scientists associated with projects containing innovative research idea and with potential of making impact on R&D in the respective disciplines...

Transport Ministry notifies Divyang Friendly Features in Buses

New Delhi, December 30: Providing divyang friendly features in buses, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified GSR 959 (E) dated December 27 for amendments to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules for providing. The amendment provides for priority seats, signs, securing of crutches/canes/walkers, hand rail/stanchions, controls at priority seats and wheelchair entry/housing/locking arrangement for wheel chair for the divyangjan. Such facilities for differently-abled passengers or passengers ..

Retrospecting 2019: Here is a record of commendable achievements by India in space technology

Year 2019 was worthwhile for India's space technology. In the year, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully accomplished 13 missions including 6 launch vehicle missions and 7 satellite missions...

NASA astronaut Christina Koch sets record for the longest spaceflight by a woman

NASA astronaut Christina Koch made history today, setting the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. Koch arrived at the International Space Station on March 14 for her spaceflight mission. As of December 28, she has been in space for 289 days, surpassing the record of Peggy Whitson, who spent 288 consecutive days in space...

Salute to this Bengaluru surgeon who develops cost effective indigenous video laryngoscope

Bengaluru-based ENT surgeon, Dr Kumaresh Krishnamoorthy, embarked on a mission to bring down the cost of medical equipment to make healthcare easily affordable for all. One of his first developments is a video laryngoscope that costs just Rs 22,000 (including GST)...

Moon wears golden ring! Despite clouds, PM participates in the enjoyment of rare astronomical event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also had a joy of watching the rare event from Kozhikode today morning...

Expanding its innovative service, Airtel launches ‘Wi-Fi Calling’ in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Telecom company Bharti Airtel yesterday launched its Voice Over Wi-Fi service, ‘Airtel Wi-Fi Calling’ in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Airtel Wi-Fi Calling leverages cutting edge technology to enhance the indoor voice calling experience for Airtel smartphone customers...

Be ready with your binoculars, telescopes to witness beauty of Annular Eclipse of the Sun on 26th December

One of the beauties of nature, an annular eclipse of the Sun will occur on December 26. From India, the annular phase will be visible in the morning after sunrise from some places within a narrow corridor of southern part of the country (parts of Karnataka, Kerala & Tamil Nadu) and it will be seen as partial solar eclipse from the rest part of the country. ..

After successfully launching RISAT-2BR1, ISRO shares video of its fruitful deployment of Radial Rib Antenna

After successfully launching India's latest spy satellite RISAT-2BR1 along with nine foreign satellites, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today shared the video successful deployment of RISAT-2BR1. The radar imaging earth observation satellite, RISAT-2BR1 has been launched through Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). This is the 50th mission of PSLV...

Kerala will produce 20,000 blockchain professionals: M Sivasankar addresses BlockHash Live 2019

Kerala IT secretary M Sivasankar, while inaugurating ‘BlockHash Live 2019’, announced that Kerala will produce 20,000 blockchain professionals in the next two years, in what could be a major revolution in this emerging technology in India. ..

Spot the tiny lamp! NASA’s Hubble space telescope captures stunning galaxy image

Some of the most dramatic events in the universe occur when certain stars die and explode catastrophically in the process. NASA’s Hubble space telescope has captured a stunning image of a galaxy’s spiral pattern. A joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency, the Hubble telescope has captured a host of beautiful images since its launch in 1990...

Heading towards its next launch, ISRO prepares for RISAT-2BR1 enhancing surveillance capabilities

Rising from the dark, Indians have always made a thrilling comeback, be it in any field. After successfully launching the CARTOSAT 3 and nano satellites, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is heading towards its next launch as it prepares to launch earth observation satellite RISAT-2BR1 that would enhance the country's surveillance capabilities. ISRO is looking to launch the satellite with the help of PSLV-C48 rocket from Sriharikota on December 11...

Pleasant earthquake in software world! Sundar Pichai to become Alphabet CEO; Larry-Sergey step down

Google CEO Indian-American Sundar Pichai will be assuming the role of Alphabet CEO, making him one of the most powerful corporate leaders of the world. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced that they are stepping down from the leadership role of the parent company Alphabet...

ISRO’s ‘eye in the sky’; Successfully launches CARTOSAT-3, next gen Earth observation satellite

India’s third generation satellite having high-resolution imaging capability, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its CartoSAT 3 satellite on Wednesday at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The satellite was launched at 9.28 am on PSLV-C47 rocket along 13 other commercial nanosatellites from the US into Sun Synchronous orbit from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota...