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20-Feb-2021 Washington

NASA rover sends 1st colour images of Mars, a selfie too

NASAs Perseverance rover has sent some stunning photos of the Red Planet, including a high-resolution colour selfie taken during its landing.The selfie is part of a video taken by several cameras as NASA's Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on February...

18-Feb-2021 Washington

How will NASA's newest rover look for sign of past life on Mars?

NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, which is slated to touch down in Jezero Crater at around 3.55 p.m. EST on Thursday (2.25 a.m. Friday India time) is tasked with searching for telltale signs that microbial life may have lived on Mars billions of years ago.It...

08-Feb-2021 Washington

Ex-US Secretary of State George Shultz dies at 100

George Shultz, who served as US Secretary of State in the Ronald Reagan administration and helped steer the Cold War to a peaceful end, has passed away at the age of 100. His passing was announced on Sunday by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University,...

07-Jan-2021 Washington

Donald Trump finally concedes after Congress affirms Biden's win

For the first time since the November 2020 election, US President Donald Trump on Thursday conceded against President-elect Joe Biden, saying that there would be an "orderly transition of power" on January 20, shortly after Congress affirmed the Democrat's...

30-Dec-2020 Washington

Kamala Harris receives Covid-19 vaccine

US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine against the novel coronavirus.According to the Biden-Harris transition team, Harris was vaccinated on Tuesday by Patricia Cummings, a clinical nurse manager at the...

18-Dec-2020 Washington

New study strongly suggests Covid-19 enters brain

Researchers have now claimed that more and more evidence is coming out that people with Covid-19 are suffering from cognitive effects, such as brain fog and fatigue.The study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, found that that the spike protein, often...

03-Dec-2020 Washington

ESA-NASA's Sun-observing SOHO mission marks 25 yrs in space

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, has become the longest-running Sun-surveying spacecraft as it marks its 25th launch anniversary.Launched on December 2, 1995, SOHO's original...

26-Nov-2020 Washington

NASA starts assembling Artemis moon mission rocket

In preparation for the Artemis I launch next year, NASA has stacked the first piece of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on the mobile launcher.Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight to test the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft as an integrated system ahead...

22-Nov-2020 Washington

NASA-ESA launch mission to monitor rising global sea level

The US space agency along with the European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully launched a satellite to monitor rising global sea level. The joint US-European satellite built to monitor global sea levels lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space...

19-Nov-2020 Washington

Scientists solve 16-year-old Blue Ring Nebula mystery

After studying the mysterious Blue Ring Nebula with multiple Earth- and space-based telescopes for 16 years, scientists may have finally discovered what led to its formation.The nebula -- a cloud of gas in space -- is likely composed of debris from two stars...

11-Nov-2020 Washington

NASA gets review board's nod for Mars sample return project

An independent review report has indicated that NASA is now ready to undertake its Mars Sample Return (MSR) campaign to bring pristine samples from the red planet to Earth for scientific study.The US space agency established the MSR Independent Review Board...

07-Nov-2020 Washington

We're going to win this race with clear majority : Joe Biden

Amid the growing suspense over the outcome of the recently-concluded US presidential election, Democratic nominee Joe Biden said that he was going to win the hotly-contested race "with a clear majority, with the nation behind us", but stopped short of declaring...

05-Nov-2020 Washington

Joe Biden wins battleground Michigan

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has won Michigan with 16 of the battleground state's electoral votes, according to media reports.Both CNN and NBC News called the race for Biden on Wednesday evening, even as other key states such Pennsylvania, North Carolina...

30-Oct-2020 Washington

NASA spacecraft successfully stows asteroid sample

NASA on Friday said that its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has completed the most challenging phases of its mission after it successfully stowed samples of asteroid Bennu.The mission team sent commands to the spacecraft on Wednesday, instructing it to close the Sample...

28-Oct-2020 Washington

NASA scientists spot 'unexpected' molecule in Titan's atmosphere

NASA scientists have discovered a molecule in Saturn moon Titans atmosphere that has never been detected in any other atmosphere.In fact, many chemists have probably barely heard of this molecule called cyclopropenylidene, or C3H2.This simple carbon-based...

26-Oct-2020 Washington

NASA confirms water on sunlit surface of Moon for 1st time

Water on Moon could be more easily accessible than previously thought as NASA on Monday said it found traces of water on a sunlit surface of the Moon for the first time.The discovery was made using Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA),...

17-Oct-2020 Washington

Nancy Pelosi defends of not speaking to Trump for whole yr

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has defended not speaking to US President Dnald Trump for the whole year, adding that working with other White House officials was more productive.The veteran Democrat made the remarks during an MSNBC appearance on Friday night,...

13-Oct-2020 Washington

Johnson & Johnson pauses Covid-19 vaccine trial

US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced that it has temporarily paused its Covid-19 vaccine trial after a participant became unwell."We have temporarily paused further dosing in all our Covid-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials, including...

11-Oct-2020 Washington

NASA delays manned SpaceX mission to space station till November

NASA has delayed the launch of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) until early-to-mid November, providing additional time for SpaceX to complete hardware testing and data reviews.Originally scheduled for October 31st, the planned...

07-Oct-2020 Washington

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope passes key tests

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has now survived all of the harsh conditions associated with a rocket launch to space, ahead of its much anticipated October 2021 launch.The US space agency recently pushed back the target for the launch of its next great space...

07-Oct-2020 Washington

Global Covid-19 cases top 35.7mn : Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 35.7 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 1,048,700, according to the Johns Hopkins University.As of Wednesday, the total number of cases stood at 35,733,340 and the fatalities rose...

22-Sep-2020 Washington

NASA shares $28bn plan to return humans to Moon in 2024

NASA has shared an update on its Artemis programme, including the latest plans to land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the Moon in 2024 at a cost of nearly $28 billion.However, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, meeting the...

17-Sep-2020 Washington

First possible 'survivor' planet found orbiting white dwarf star

Using data from NASA missions, an international team of astronomers has found what may be the first intact planet orbiting a white dwarf, the dense leftover of a Sun-like star, only 40 per cent larger than Earth.The Jupiter-size object, called WD 1856 b, is...

06-Sep-2020 Washington

NASA releases stunning images of cosmic world

NASA has released some stunning and phenomenal images of the universe -- galaxies, supernova remnants, stars, planetary nebulas processed by its 'Chandra X-Ray Observatory' -- the world's most powerful x-ray telescope.Launched on July 23, 1999, the observatory...

05-Sep-2020 Washington

Perseverance Mars rover's twin ready to roll on Earth : NASA

As NASA's Perseverance rover is not flying to Mars with a mechanic, the US space agency has readied an Earthly twin of the six-wheeler in a bid to avoid as many unexpected issues as possible after the rover lands on February 18, 2021.Engineers expect to...

03-Sep-2020 Washington

NASA test-fires SLS rocket booster for future lunar missions

In preparation of the future Artemis missions to the Moon, NASA has completed a full-scale booster test for the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.NASA and Northrop Grumman, the SLS booster lead contractor, will use data from the test, successfully...

01-Sep-2020 New Delhi/Washington

How Pak altered demography of occupied Gilgit-Baltistan

Since it occupied Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), the Shia-dominated region of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has altered its demography, resulting in the massive reduction of the Shia population from 80 to 39 per cent.In a recent study conducted...

01-Sep-2020 Washington

I inherited him: Trump says of Fauci

US President Donald Trump has questioned the value of Anthony Fauci to the White House coronavirus task force, saying that he "inherited" the country's top infectious disease expert, the media reported."I disagree with a lot of what he said," The Hill news...

23-Aug-2020 Washington

Donald Trump declares California wildfires major disaster

US President Donald Trump has declared that the massive wildfires wreaking havoc across California, which have already burnt over 1 million acres of land and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents, were a major disaster and has released...

21-Aug-2020 Washington

Small air leak poses no threat to space station crew : NASA


A small air leak on the International Space Station (ISS) is still within segment specifications and presents no immediate danger to the crew or the orbiting laboratory, NASA has said.However, teams are working on a plan to isolate, identify, and potentially...

21-Aug-2020 Washington

NASA shows 'green' fuel could power future space missions


Instead of toxic hydrazine, future space missions could use a less toxic propellant, or fuel, and the compatible technologies designed to go along with it, NASA has found.The US space agency last year launched the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) to...

20-Aug-2020 Washington

Global Covid-19 cases top 22.3mn: Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 22.3 million, while the deaths have increased to over 786,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.As of Thursday morning, the total number of cases stood at 22,322,208 and the fatalities rose...

20-Aug-2020 Washington

Democracy is at stake : Barack Obama

Former US President Barack Obama has warned that the country's democracy was at stake, adding that incumbent President Donald Trump was "categorically unfit" for the job, it was reported.Obama's remarks were part of the ongoing Democratic National Convention...

11-Aug-2020 Washington

Children unlikely to catch coronavirus : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has doubled down on his assertion that children are "essentially immune" from COVID-19, despite a new report which said nearly 100,000 kids tested were infected with the virus by the end of July.On Monday, the new report from the...

10-Aug-2020 Washington

NASA probe spots Martian night sky pulsing in UV light

New data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has shown vast areas of the Martian night sky pulsing in ultraviolet light.However, do not expect the future Mars astronauts to see them with naked eyes as ultraviolet light is invisible to the human eye but detectable...

03-Aug-2020 Washington

SpaceX Crew Dragon returns with 2 NASA astronauts

Two NASA astronauts have safely returned to Earth from the International Space Station onboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, marking the completion of a historic flight called demonstration (Demo-2) mission.The Demo-2 test flight for NASA's Commercial...

02-Aug-2020 Washington

Donald Trump says working on "a big immigration bill"

US President Donald Trump said that his administration is working on what he called "a big immigration bill."Speaking to reporters at the White House before a trip to Florida, Trump said the bill will be "merit-based", the BBC reported on Saturday.In addition,...

01-Aug-2020 Washington

He'll ban TikTok from operating in US : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that he will ban the popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok from operating in the country through an executive order as early as Saturday, according to media reports.Speaking to reporters on board the Air Force One on...

30-Jul-2020 Washington

NASA Perseverance rover on way to Mars to find signs of life

NASA on Thursday launched the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover that will seek, as a primary goal, to answer one of the key questions of astrobiology: Are there potential signs of past microbial life, or biosignatures on the Red Planet?Launched on a United Launch...

22-Jul-2020 Washington

NASA's 'robot hotel' attached to space station

Two NASA astronauts have installed a tools storage unit, dubbed robot hotel, to the outside of the International Space Station, freeing up living space inside the station.The "robot hotel", officially called the Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS), was attached...

21-Jul-2020 Washington

1st manned round-trip to Mars could take about 2 years: NASA

Stressing that human exploration of Mars is on the horizon, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said that the agency is planning its first round-trip voyage to Mars to take about two years during which the crew could spend about a month on the Martian surface.The...

16-Jul-2020 Washington

Solar Orbiter probe snaps closest pictures of Sun

The first images snapped by the Solar Orbiter spacecraft, an international collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency, or ESA, are now available for the public, including the closest pictures ever taken of the Sun.Launched on February 9, the...

16-Jul-2020 Washington

Donald Trump continues legal fight to conceal financial records

Lawyers for US President Donald Trump have said that he will continue his fight to shield his tax returns and financial records from a federal prosecutor who subpoenaed them, days after the Supreme Court ruled the President is not entirely immune to criminal...

15-Jul-2020 Washington

Ended preferential treatment for Hong Kong : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has signed an order to end preferential treatment for Hong Kong, as his administration adopts an increasingly tough stance on China."Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China," the president told reporters at the...

18-Oct-2019 Washington

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman led the Indian delegation at G20

Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs , Nirmala Sitharaman, led the Indian delegation at G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors as well as the BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings held in Washington D.C yesterday....

22-Sep-2019 Houston, Texas

Narendra Modi interacts with the members of Sikh community in Houston

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted with the members of Sikh community in Houston, Texas. The members of the community accorded a warm welcome to the Prime Minister.During the interaction, the community members thanked the Prime Minister for the...

22-Sep-2019 Houston, Texas

Narendra Modi interacts with Kashmiri Pandits in Houston

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits in Houston, Texas.During the interaction, the community members strongly supported the steps taken by the Prime Minister for the progress of India and the empowerment of every Indian.“I...

24-Jul-2019 Washington

My government most inclusive: Imran Khan on press censorship

Facing questions of censorship in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan said his government was the most inclusive government as far as the freedom of press was concerned and added that the media should act as a watchdog, not a blackmailer, Jang reported on Wednesday.Addressing...

23-Jul-2019 Washington

Pakistan willing to give up nuclear weapons if India does : Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said his country would be willing to give up its nuclear weapons if India did the same.In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Khan, who had earlier met US President Donald Trump, was asked how Pakistan would respond if...

22-Jul-2019 Washington

Donald Trump claims Modi asked him to mediate on Kashmir

US President Donald Trump blindsided India in his mercurial style by stepping into the Kashmir quagmire with a claim on Monday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate the dispute with Pakistan.India immediately rejected Trump's assertion....

22-Jul-2019 Washington

Donald Trump offers to mediate on Kashmir

US President Donald Trump on Monday offered to help mediate in the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi had broached the subject with him during their meeting in Osaka, Japan, last month."I was with Prime Minister...

19-Jul-2019 Washington

US warship destroys Iranian drone : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has announced that a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz.Speaking at the White House on Thursday, Trump said that USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship of the US Navy, destroyed the drone that threatened...

17-Jul-2019 Washington

Donald Trump says 'great pressure' worked to find Hafiz Saeed

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed credit for the arrest of Hafiz Saeed by Pakistan government, saying great pressure has been exerted over the last two years to find him even as India is yet to officially react to Islamabad's action.Terming...

12-Jul-2019 Washington

Not backing down in quest for immigration figures : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has announced that his administration was "not backing down" in the fight to know how many citizens and non-citizens were in America, at a time  when the country is increasingly divided over the immigration issue.Previously,...

12-Jul-2019 Washington

Donald Trump lashes out at social media firms as Twitter crashes

US President Donald Trump lashed out at social networking platforms, especially Twitter, during the social media summit at the White House for censoring Republican views and blocking Americans from following him.As the summit was about to begin on Thursday,...

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