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India to launch Mars Orbiter interplanetary probe in November
Report dated 23/10/2013 @ 3:29 PM
India is poised to launch its first interplanetary probe, the Mars Orbiter spacecraft from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
The Rs.450 crore Mars Orbiter Mission involves complex operations including the injection of the spacecraft into an earth orbit and later hooking it up to the Mars orbit, which is over 400 million km from earth.
India's ships Nalanda and Yamuna will be positioned in the South Pacific Ocean carrying powerful radars to monitor the rocket since it will be cruising at altitudes not reachable by ground stations for near on 20 minutes. Once in outer space, the craft will be monitored by Isro's space tracking facility in Karnataka. Isra will also solicit help tracking the orbiter from Nasa's deep space network.
India in tears as onion prices soar to Rs.100 a kilo !
Report dated 23/10/2013 @ 3:13 PM
The irreplaceable onion, a staple of Indian foods is inching towards Rs.100 a kilo coming up to the festive season and election time.
Excessive rain is said to be the cause for ruined crops in onion producing states, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Food Minister KV Thomas stated prices have to be stabilised and will be lowered in a few weeks, as he ordered onion producing states to crack down on hoarders.
States across the country are feeling the lack of the versatile vegetable, and as is the way, political parties are slinging blame at one another, with a worried government now considering importing onions from China and Egypt.
Indian women feature on Fortune top 50 business leaders
Report dated 21/10/2013 @ 2:51 PM
Four Indians are on Fortune magazine's list of the world's top 50 women business leaders.
ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar is at fourth position, up from fifth on the 2012 list. She is followed by National Stock Exchange (NSE) chief Chitra Ramkrishna at 17th.
Shikha Sharma of Axis Bank is at 32nd position and HSBC's Naina Lal Kidwai is 42nd on the list.
India-born PepsiCo chief Indra Nooyi is at 2nd position on the US list.
Mumbai gang-rape victim collapses in court
Report dated 21/10/2013 @ 2:49 PM
The Mumbai Shakti Mills gang-rape victim was in the sessions court to give her deposition, when she passed out and collapsed due the mental pressure and stress she was going through. During the hearing, after she had identified all four accused in a lengthy procedure, she felt nauseous and dizzy and collapsed when she was given a chair in the witness box. A doctor was sent for and she was taken to hospital.
The 22 year-old photojournalist, who was on an assignment with a male colleague at the Shakti mills compound when they were assaulted by Vijay Jadhav, Siraj Khan, Kasim Shaikh and Salim Ansari, as well as a fifth person who is a minor. The male colleague was tied up and held by the accused while the victim was taken to a secluded spot in the compound and raped.
The victim is expected to continue her deposition in a few days. She was given multiple counselling sessions, even as legal experts are divided on the issue of whether survivors should be allowed to depose via a video link rather than in person, with some saying the court environment is daunting, especially in publicised cases.
Aditya Mehta first Indian in finals of world snooker tournament
Report dated 19/10/2013 @ 2:36 PM
Mumbai's Aditya Mehta, 27, is the first ever Indian to reach the final of a professional snooker tournament. He overcame World No.5 Stephen Maguire of Scotland in the semi-final of the Indian Open in Delhi.
For Mehta who in earlier rounds beat two World champions Peter Ebdon and Mark Williams, it was his third marathon in five matches and again he displayed great composure.