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A year of technological advancement for India in space

By Venkatachari Jagannathan,

Chennai : The year 2014 could be easily said as the rocking rocketing year for India - only not for the number of rockets/satellites launched - but also on the technological front.

The Indian space agency showed the maturing of its expertise in different spheres of space technology - inter-planetary journeys, flight testing of the critical cryogenic engine, testing its heaviest rocket for its stability during the flight and taking baby steps towards space missions by humans.


Indian IT industry dons innovation in year of double-digit growth

By Fakir Balaji,

Bengaluru : Recovering from a slowdown and sustaining a double-digit growth, the $120-billion Indian IT industry had a remarkable 2014, consolidating operations and using disruptive technologies, which ensures innovation to shed the old and adapt to new products and services.

Though the first half of the year was challenging for various reasons beyond the industry's control, the sentiment turned around and has been upbeat for the past six months, especially in the post-elections phase, with a stable central government in place, stakeholders said.


Foggy Sunday in Delhi, 48 trains delayed

New Delhi : It was chilly and foggy Sunday morning in Delhi. Poor visibility led to 48 trains being delayed.

The Met Office has forecast a cloudy day ahead with thick fog in the evening. The minimum temperature was 6.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average.

"Trains such as North-east Express, Taj Express and Mahabodhi Express are running late due to the thick fog that has caused poor visibility," said an statement from the Northern Railway.

"The departures of 9 trains were rescheduled from Delhi due to fog," added the statement.


Bangladesh president's delayed arrival leads to Taj Mahal chaos

Agra : Hundreds of tourists who had purchased entry tickets to visit the Taj Mahal were left in the lurch, when they had to return without being able to view the monument due to the delayed arrival of the Bangladesh President M Abdul Hamid.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had informed the public earlier that the site would remain closed for a couple of hours in the afternoon but the dignitary's delayed arrival Saturday led to chaos at the entry gates, where thousands had to wait for several hours.


Substitute Rafique heads Atletico de Kolkata to ISL crown

Mumbai: Substitute Mohammad Rafique netted an injury time header as Atletico De Kolkata clinched the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) crown with a 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters here Saturday.

Rafique, who replaced Mohammad Rafi in the 74th minute of the mega clash at the packed D.Y. Patil stadium, followed up a corner from Czech defender Jakub Podany to fire the header in the 94th minute, a minute before the second half injury time was slated to end to send Atletico De Kolkata fans into raptures here as also in Kolkata and other parts of the world.


Rs. 500 crore sanctioned for developing heritage cities

New Delhi: The urban development ministry has sanctioned Rs. 500 crores for the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), that aims to develop 12 heritage cities, and will be launched shortly, an official statement said Saturday.

"At least 85 percent of the total outlay will be earmarked for project formulation and execution while the remaining 15 percent shall be utilized for other critical components including capacity building, establishment of project management units and preparation of heritage management plan (HMP)," said the statement.


Activist lawyer killed in Navi Mumbai

Thane: Activist lawyer Minakshi Jaiswal was brutally killed with her neck slit and two fingers cut off at her residence in Navi Mumbai, officials said Saturday.

Her body was found Saturday morning at her flat in Celebration Building in Sector 17 in Khargar suburb.

Police have detained two suspects in connection with the killing of Jaiswal, the wife of a Maharashtra judicial magistrate.

According to preliminary investigation, she was killed in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday by at least four robbers who barged into her flat.


Bengal girl raped by friends in Delhi

New Delhi: An 18-year-old girl from West Bengal was gang raped by two of her friends, including a juvenile, in the national capital, Delhi Police said Saturday.

The girl, a native of New Jalpaiguri, told police that Rahul, 20, and his juvenile friend lured her to their house in south Delhi's R.K. Puram Friday evening and raped her in turns.

The girl works with a placement agency where both the accused also work. Besides, both the accused belong to her native place.

A police officer said they arrested Rahul and apprehended the juvenile.


Other states to recruit northeast youth in police: Rijiju

Umsaw Khwan (Meghalaya): Youths from the northeastern states will be recruited in police forces in metropolitan cities as part of the national integration policy of the BJP-led government, union minister Kiren Rijiju said here Saturday.


All steps taken to secure porous borders: Rao Inderjit

Kolkata: The central government has taken all steps to secure India's porous borders and contain infiltration, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said here Saturday.

"All steps needed to secure our borders to prevent its porosity have been and will be taken by the government. There are people well versed with porosity and we are doing the best we can," he said on the sidelines of a programme organised by defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers here.

"We cannot offer to let our guard down", he said.