India to launch 20 satellites on June 22

India has announced that 20 satellites will be launched in a single mission on June 22. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) stated, at 9.25 a.m. that day, the Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will lift off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with 20 satellites. “While the rocket’s main cargo will be India’s 725.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation, the other 19 satellites weighing around 560 kg are from the US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as one satellite each from Sathyabama University, Chennai, and the College of Engineering, Read more...

Jaya asks Modi to retake Kachchatheevu

The regaining of Katchatheevu island, from Sri Lanka, was one of the prime demands made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jeyaram, when she met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (14) after her land mark victory in the Tamil Nadu State Assembly last month. Jayalalithaa handed over a 29-page memorandum to Modi and her prime demand was the retaking of the Katchchtheevu island from Sri Lanka. Jayalalithaa also emphasized on the retrieval of Kachchathheevu island from Sri Lanka, Read more...

Taiwan’s first female leader sworn in

Tsai Ing-wen has been sworn in as the new president of Taiwan, the island’s first female leader. Ms Tsai, seen as a shy but determined leader, led her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to a landslide win in elections in January. The DPP has traditionally leaned towards independence from China, and its victory has led to a cooling of relations with Beijing. China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province. In the past, it has threatened to take it by force if necessary. It still has hundreds of missiles Read more...

Jayalalithaa writes to Modi

In the wake of reports that the Sri Lankan Government was planning to pull down St. Anthony’s Church at Katchatheevu islet, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday insisting that fishermen from Tamil Nadu be consulted over the issue and suggested that the church be jointly rebuilt by India and Sri Lanka. Citing the considerable religious significance of the church to the fisherfolk in the coastal districts like Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Ramanathapuram, Read more...

MH370: Mauritius and South Africa debris ‘almost certainly’ from missing plane

Two pieces of debris found on beaches in Mauritius and South Africa almost certainly came from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, say Malaysian and Australian officials. It is the latest development in efforts to solve the mystery of the aircraft, which went missing in March 2014. The plane, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, had 239 people on board when it vanished. It is presumed to have crashed into the sea after veering off course. Three ships are searching a 120,000 sq km area of the southern Read more...

Bin Laden: CIA criticized for live-tweeting his death

US CIA has been criticized for live-tweeting the killing of Osama Bin Laden as it took place five years ago. The CIA has tweeted about the mission and intelligence of the hunt for Laden. However, the move was met with criticism. Some social media users posted memes and gifs of people rolling their eyes and putting their heads in their hands.  Read more...

Trump details ‘America First’ foreign plan

Donald Trump has detailed his foreign policy in a speech, a day after sweeping to wins in Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Trump said he would pursue an “America First” policy, after calling himself the Republican “presumptive nominee” after his primary wins. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has announced Carly Fiorina as his vice-presidential pick. Cruz needs a win in Indiana, and he really needs a strong performance in Read more...

It’s A Boy! Hyderabad Police Delivers A Baby In Heart Of City

At about noon, a police inspector heading a station in the heart of Hyderabad got a distress call. A woman appeared to be in labour opposite a popular cinema, Shanti Theatre. Bheem Reddy quickly dispatched a team that included women constables. It was too late to shift the woman who needed help. So a makeshift labour room was set up with sarees and bedsheets on the side of the road; policemen stood guard to ensure crowd control and privacy. The heroes of the hour – policewomen Sharadha, Shoba, Read more...

At least 28 dead in Kabul

A Taliban attack on the Afghan capital of Kabul on Tuesday has left 28 dead and over 300 wounded. The Taliban was targeting a security team that protects government VIPs, Afghan police has said. Despite the target, most of the victims were civilians — including women and children, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said.  Read more...

Deadly earthquake hits Ecuador

A powerful, 7.8-magnitude earthquake has killed 28 people in Ecuador, Vice-President Jorge Glas has said citing preliminary reports. A state of emergency has been declared in six provinces, after the tremor struck near the country’s coast. The quake, centred near the city of Muisne, shook buildings in the capital Quito more than 160km away (100 miles). There are reports of an overpass being destroyed in the port city of Guayaquil and damage to buildings in many areas. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Read more...

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