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Media names 8 Indian mission staffers for anti-Pak activities

Islamabad: Pakistani media today named atleast eight staffers at the Indian High Commission here and accused them of carrying out ‘anti-Pakistan activities’, in the latest tit-for-tit action amid raging Indo-Pak tensions. After Pakistan pulled out six of its officials in the wake of a spy scandal involving staffers of its High Commission in New Delhi,

NASA mission tests thrusters on journey to asteroid

Washington: The US space agency has successfully maneuvered its spacecraft on way to asteroid Bennu, fine-tuning its trajectory to reach it and bring back samples from a potentially dangerous asteroid that could collide with the Earth. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is on a journey that could revolutionise our understanding

BJP gears up for ‘Mission 50 plus’ in 2017 polls

Shimla: State BJP president Satpal Singh Satti on Friday said the BJP would work to achieve ‘Mission 50 plus’ in the 2017 assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh. “The party will strengthen its position in the run up to the polls and will highlight the governance failures at the grassroots to aware the people,” Satti said.

Rosetta comet mission set for final rendezvous in space

London/Washington: The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission is set to complete its historic 12-year journey in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on Friday. The spacecraft arrived at its destination comet on Aug 6, 2014, becoming the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet and escort it as it

Tom Cruise to return with ‘Mission: Impossible 6’

Los Angeles: Actor Tom Cruise is set to return to the film “Mission: Impossible 6”, following reports of dispute over the deal-making that halted pre-production earlier this year. The 54-year-old will be sealing the deal with production house Paramount Pictures to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in the action thriller, reports hollywoodreporter.com. The pre-production

NASA’s first-ever asteroid mission set for launch

Washington, Sep 8 (IANS) Bolted to the top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will lift off on Thursday to study an asteroid and return to Earth seven years later with a sample for first-hand analysis.The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is scheduled to orbit, map and collect samples from near-Earth asteroid Bennu.

Sindhu, Malik likely to be new faces of Swachh Bharat Mission

New Delhi: Rio Olympics medalists P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, besides olympian Dipa Karmakar are likely to be the new faces of Swachh Bharat Mission for creating awareness about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative. “We are very keen to involve both Olympic medal winners Sakshi Malik and P V Sindhu along with gymnast Dipa

All-party delegation in Kashmir on mission to restore peace

Srinagar: Aiming to bring peace in Jammu andKashmir, an all party delegation led by Home Minister Rajnath Singh was today in Srinagar for a two-day visit to the state during which it is expected to interact with a cross section of people. “We intend to talk to individuals and groups who want peace and normalcy

Facebook’s mission to spread internet fails as SpaceX rocket explodes

Washington: Facebook’s mission to spread the internet across sub-Saharan Africa received a major setback after the rocket due to launch the communication satellite exploded in routine tests. The launch, which had been set for Friday faces significant delays after the blast on Thursday on the launch pad of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, inews.co.uk

6 scientists end year-long Mars mission

Washington: Six scientists who lived like astronauts in an isolated dome for 12 months in Hawaii to explore challenges which a manned mission may face on Mars, have completed one of the toughest NASA-funded mission ever.Carmel Johnston, Christiane Heinicke, Sheyna E. Gifford, Andrzej Steward, Cyprien Verseux and Tristan Bassingthwaighte on Sunday came out from the

NASA to launch first asteroid sample return mission next month

Washington: NASA, the US space agency is set to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth on September 8 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that

Mission accomplished, says Phelps after winning 20th and 21st gold

Rio de Janeiro: Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps has said his victory in the 200 metre butterfly final along with his 4x200m freestyle relay gold at the Rio Olympics were the culmination of a four-year mission. Phelps won the event at the 2004 Athens Games and again in Beijing four years later. He also set

Unsung Heroes: He’s on a mission to spread knowledge in form of books

Ludhiana: “Veerji, this is a small gesture from my side. Please stay connected to the world of literature,” pleaded Harish Moudgil to one of the visitors to his place. And as the visitor opened the packet, his confused expressions got transformed into smile and he could utter only, “Oh Books! I really like it.” The

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V.K. Singh leads mission to evacuate Indians from South Sudan

New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh on Thursday left for South Sudan leading the government’s ‘Operation Sankat Mochan’ to evacuate Indians from the African country which has been hit by violence that has claimed hundreds of lives. “#OperationSankatMochan begins at crack of dawn. Two C 17 aircraft leave for Juba with

NASA’s Juno mission sends first image of Jupiter, its moons

Washington: NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent the first-ever image of the gas giant Jupiter and three of its four moons to the Earth as it continues orbiting the planet. The image was taken on July 10 when the spacecraft was 4.3 million km from Jupiter on the outbound leg of its initial 53.5-day capture orbit.

Govt to clean 10 iconic places under Swachh Bharat Mission

New Delhi: Government will carry out a driveto clean ten iconic places in the country, including Taj Mahal, Vaishno Devi temple and Ajmer Sharif, as part of a pilot project under the Swachh Bharat mission, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today said. Tomar said his ministry is in the process of selecting 100 iconic places

Sukhu gives tips to legal cell on ‘Mission Repeat’ in 2017

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee Chief, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government had failed on all fronts in its two years rule and had cheated all with false promises, including the legal fraternity. “Modi government is taking many decisions which are hurting the interests of lawyers across the