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ISRO to Launch GSAT-7A Communication Satellite on December 19 :

ISRO to Launch GSAT-7A Communication Satellite on December 19 :

India, Technology
India will launch its latest communication satellite, GSAT-7A from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F11 on December 19, Indian Space Research Organisation said Wednesday. The 2,250 kg GSAT-7A is the 35th Indian Communication satellite built by ISRO. It is configured on ISRO's standard I-2000 Kg (I-2K) Bus, the space agency said. The satellite with a mission life of eight years is built to provide communication capability to the users in Ku-band over the Indian region, the ISRO added. Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), in its 13th flight, will inject GSAT-7A into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). The satellite will be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit (GEO) using the onboard propulsion syst
Oppo R17 Pro and R17 with tri-camera, Super VOOC charging launched: Price, specs, offers :

Oppo R17 Pro and R17 with tri-camera, Super VOOC charging launched: Price, specs, offers :

Technology
Chinese smartphone maker Oppo has launched Oppo R17 Pro in India. The premium range smartphone comes with prime features such as a waterdrop-notch display, in-display fingerprint sensor and Super VOOC fast charging support. The smartphone was launched earlier in China and will be available in 8GB variant on e-tailing websites such as Amazon, Flipkart, and Paytm along with Oppo’s pan-India offline dealerships. The smartphone will be available at a price of Rs 45,990 from December 7. Interested users can pre-order the device exclusively on Amazon starting 9.30 pm, Tuesday. The phone comes in Radiant Mist and Emerald Green colours and with 128GB storage. The device sports extremely thin bezels and comes with a high screen-to-body ratio of 91.5 percent. As part of the launch, Oppo is dis
Zomato acquires Lucknow-based TechEagle to work on drone deliveries in India :

Zomato acquires Lucknow-based TechEagle to work on drone deliveries in India :

Technology
Restaurant discovery and online food ordering company Zomato on Wednesday said it had acquired TechEagle Innovations, a Lucknow-based startup that is working on drone technology. The acquisition will help Zomato carve a path toward drone-based food delivery in India, creating a hub-to-hub delivery network powered by hybrid multi-rotor drones. The two companies did not disclose size of the deal. TechEagle was founded in 2015 by Vikram Singh Meena when he was a student at IIT-Kanpur. Since then, his startup has been actively involved in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, with a focus on custom-made drones capable of carrying a payload of up to 5 kg. "We are currently at the early stage of aerial innovations and are taking baby steps towards building a tomorrow wherei...
Microsoft report says big Indian organisations cough up more than Rs 75 crore to tackle cyber attacks :

Microsoft report says big Indian organisations cough up more than Rs 75 crore to tackle cyber attacks :

Technology
A Frost & Sullivan study commissioned by Microsoft reveals that a large-sized organisations in India incurs an average of $10.3 million of economic loss from cyber attacks whereas a mid-sized organisations incurs an average of $11,000 (Rs 8,03,110). The report stated that cyber attacks have also resulted in job losses across domains in more than three out of five organisations that have experienced an incident during the survey period. The study involved a survey of 1300 business and IT decision makers ranging from mid to large-sized organisations and revealed that more than three in five organisations (62%) surveyed in India have either experienced a cybersecurity incident or are not sure if they had one as they have not performed proper forensics or data breach assessment. ...
Alibaba scores new deal with Belgium for e-commerce trade hub :

Alibaba scores new deal with Belgium for e-commerce trade hub :

Technology
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on December 5 it has signed an agreement with the Belgium government to launch an e-commerce trade hub, which will include investments in logistics infrastructure. The project is part of Alibaba's Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP), and Belgium is the first European country to join the project following similar agreements in Malaysia and Rwanda. Alibaba's logistics arm, Cainiao, will lease a 220,000 square meter logistics port at Belgium's Liege airport as part of the deal and invest an initial 75 million euros ($85 million) in the project set to begin operations in 2021, it said. "We strongly believe that under the eWTP, we will open up the huge potential for European businesses to reap the benefits of global cross-border trade, especially into ...
India to start registration of drones, pilots, and operators Registration portal for online permission, Digital Sky Launched

India to start registration of drones, pilots, and operators Registration portal for online permission, Digital Sky Launched

India, Policies, Technology
Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), popularly referred to as drones, are a technology platform with wide-ranging applications. In August 2018, India had announced the release of its Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) to enable safe flying of RPAS in India. The CAR detailed the obligations of operators, remote pilots/ users and manufacturers/ OEM for safe operations of RPAS and co-operative use of airspace. It also announced Digital Sky Platform, a first of its kind that implements 'no permission, no take-off’ (NPNT) – a novel system of software-based self-enforcement to minimize deviations from the CAR. The regulations were to come in effect from December 1, allowing the industry time to ready themselves for the launch. Nano drones in India can start flying legally from today. For micro
NASA picks ancient Martian river delta for 2020 rover touchdown

NASA picks ancient Martian river delta for 2020 rover touchdown

Technology
NASA has picked an ancient river delta as the landing site for its uncrewed Mars 2020 rover, to hunt for evidence of past life on Earth's neighboring planet. Even though the Red Planet is now cold and dry, the landing site, Jezero Crater, was filled with a 1, 600-foot (500-metre) deep lake that opened to a network of rivers some 3.5 to 3.9 billion years ago. The 45-kilometre wide basin "could have collected and preserved ancient organic molecules and other potential signs of microbial life from the water and sediments that flowed into the crater billions of years ago," NASA said in a statement. At least five different kinds of rocks, including "clays and carbonates that have high potential to preserve signatures of past life," are believed to lie in the crater, just north of the Martia...
Govt says ISRO on verge of countries maiden human spaceflight programme Gaganyaan :

Govt says ISRO on verge of countries maiden human spaceflight programme Gaganyaan :

Technology
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today said that ISRO is on the verge of launching the first Indian into space. Briefing media in New Delhi today, the Minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced  India's maiden human spaceflight programme - Gaganyaan during his Independence Day speech. Mr Modi had declared in his speech that under Gaganyaan, a son or daughter of India will go to space from Indian soil in an Indian vehicle by 2022 or sooner. Dr Singh also said that country's weather forecast is now 100 percent accurate as Radar and Satellite information is being combined now. Addressing media, ISRO Chairperson  K Sivan said Gaganyaan's benefits would be to enhance science and technology capabilities of the country. He added that three astronauts will stay for 7 days durin
Government announces regulations for safe commercial usage of drones :

Government announces regulations for safe commercial usage of drones :

India, Technology
Government has announced regulations for safe commercial usage of drones. The regulations will be effective from 1st of December this year. Addressing the media in New Delhi, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said, the regulations are intended to enable visual line-of-sight daytime-only and a maximum of 400 feet altitude operations. He said, airspace has been partitioned into the Red Zone in which flying is not permitted, Yellow Zone that is controlled airspace and the Green Zone for automatic permission. Mr Prabhu said, these progressive regulations will encourage a vast Made in India drone industry. He expressed confidence that many new and exciting applications will emerge which will take Indian economy forward.