Climate-change protesters vow to disrupt London underground

Environmental activists in the UK vowed to disrupt London underground train services in a third day of action on Wednesday in a bid to force the British government to take more radical measures to avert what they cast as an imminent global climate cataclysm. Climate group Extinction Rebellion has ratcheted up its protests in recent weeks, blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge, smashing a door at the Shell building and shocking lawmakers with a semi-nude protest in parliament. A total of 290 people were arrested on Monday and…

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VODAFONE LAUNCHES KIDS PLANET, AN APP WITH OVER 3,000 CONTENTS FOR KIDS

Bangalore, 12 th April 2019: Vodafone Spain in association with OnMobile Global Limited introduces Kids Planet, an entertainment app with over 3,000 contents from Sanrio, Planeta Junior, Highlights for Children, Lingo Kids, Motion Pictures and many others, with a high educative value, addressed to kids from 3 to 12 years old. Customers will have access, from any device to games, videos, stories and songs starring characters like The Smurfs, Maya The Bee, Heidi, Marco, La Granja de Zenón, Hello Kitty, Once Upon a Time… Life, Pororo, or Cleo. Moreover, all…

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Iran cuts oil output in some areas to save flood-hit people

Iran has shut down some oilfields in Khuzestan province as intensive efforts are underway to control damage from flash floods and prevent possible environmental pollution, Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh says. Zangeneh said Friday some oil pipes in the province have been emptied for the first time, and oil output has been reduced in some flood-hit areas as precaution. The minister stressed that oil production in the province has not stopped. The oil minister, who is in Khuzestan to marshal the ministry’s equipment and forces to alleviate the situation in the flood-stricken areas,…

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Putin hails Russian military advancements, says new ICBM almost final

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile is in its final testing phase, hailing the amount of work the Russian military has put into developing advanced weapons. According to Press TV, speaking at a meeting with senior officers and prosecutors on the occasion of their promotion on Thursday, Putin commended the “large-scale systematic work that has been conducted in recent years to comprehensively develop the army and provide advanced military hardware for the armed forces.” He noted that “the final tests of the Sarmat missile…

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First ever image of a black hole revealed

Scientists have been puzzling over invisible “dark stars” since the 18th century, but never has one been spied by a telescope, much less photographed. Astronomers on April 10 unveiled the first photo of a black hole, one of the star-devouring monsters scattered throughout the Universe and obscured by impenetrable shields of gravity. The image of a dark core encircled by a flame-orange halo of white-hot gas and plasma looks like any number of artists’ renderings over the last 30 years. But this time, it’s the real deal. Scientists have been…

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US aviation giant Boeing vows to ensure safety of planes after Ethiopia crash

US aviation giant, Boeing, has vowed to implement further measures to ensure the safety of its airliners following last month’s deadly crash in Ethiopia, which occurred less than five months after another crash in Indonesia. “We will carefully review the … preliminary report and will take any and all additional steps necessary to enhance the safety of our aircraft,” Kevin McAllister, head of Boeing’s commercial aircraft division, said in a statement on Thursday. The statement came hours after Ethiopian investigators said the pilots of a doomed Boeing 737 MAX 8…

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Single Indian rocket puts 29 satellites in three orbits

An Indian rocket on Monday placed domestic and foreign satellites in three different orbits on a single flight, a first for the nation and a low-cost option that could burnish its reputation for pioneering affordable options in space. According to media reports, the launch of a domestic intelligence satellite and 28 foreign ones came less than a week after India used an anti-satellite missile to take down one of its own satellites, demonstrating a capability only China, Russia and the United States had possessed previously. The state-run Indian Space Research…

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Mission Shakti makes India space superpower, live satellite shot down: PM Modi

India has shot down a low earth orbit satellite with an indigenously-developed ASAT missile, a giant leap for the country’s space capability that propelled India into an elite club comprising US, Russia and China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a rare televised address to the nation on Wednesday. “Some time ago, our scientists, shot down a live satellite 300 kilometres away in space, in low-earth orbit… It was conducted under Mission Shakti, which was completed in three minutes,” PM Modi said in his 10-minute address. The weapon, an Anti-Satellite missile or ASAT missile, allows for…

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IAF inducts 4 combat-ready Chinook helicopters

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Monday formally inducted four US-made Chinook heavy-lift helicopters at Air Force Station 12 Wing in Chandigarh. Two hangars and logistics facilities were created in Chandigarh for the Chinook helicopters. Each Chinook helicopter has a payload capacity of about 10 tonne which is a major boost to India’s strategic airlift capability. The Indian Air Force (IAF) received its first CH-47F (I) Chinook on February 10 at the Mundra port in Gujarat. The Chinook will be used to move troops, artillery, ammunition, supplies and equipment on…

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Interviews conducted for appointment of IIM Lucknow director

Interviews for the appointment of a full-time director for the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM-L) were held in Mumbai on Monday. At least five professors from the IIM-L were among those called for the interview. They were: IIM-L director in-charge, BK Mohanty, senior faculty members Archana Shukla, Anadi Pandey, Pankaj Kumar and Sushil Kumar. Others among the interviewees were professors from other IIMs and XLRI, said a member in the board of governors (IIM-L). The post of IIM-L full-time director fell vacant after the death of Ajit Prasad. He…

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