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News Articles – May 5th, 2019

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PMO ‘monitoring’ Rafale deal progress not interference: govt.

The government has said to the Supreme Court that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was “monitoring” the progress of the deal to buy 36 Rafale jets but this could not be taken as “parallel negotiations” with the French side.

State-owned NewSpace creates a flutter among space startups

The Department of Space (DoS) has registered its second commercial entity, NewSpace India Ltd.

Mamata’s school schemes to be put to the test

Kanyashree project of theWest Bengal government that seeks to provide financial assistance to schoolgirls to complete their studies has had significant impact.

Farmers worried PepsiCo-govt. talks will dilute their rights

In the wake of PepsiCo withdrawing its cases against Gujarat potato growers, farmers groups are still worried about the dilution of their rights by the State and Central governments.

Huawei 5G leak not a criminal offence: police

The police has concluded that the top-secret leak that Britain had conditionally allowed China’s Huawei to develop its 5G network does not amount to a criminal offence

North Korea launches ‘short-range projectiles’

North Korea has “fired a number of short-range projectiles” from Hodo peninsula near the east coast town of Wonsan.

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UN agency praises India’s timely response

The UN agency for disaster reduction has commended the Indian Meteorological Department’s “almost pinpoint accuracy” of early warnings of Cyclone Fani that helped authorities conduct a well-targeted evacuation plan and minimise the loss of life.

SpaceX launches cargo mission to space station

SpaceX has successfully launched a Dragon spacecraft for its 17th resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

IIT Kanpur identifies novel molecule to control hyper inflammation

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur have identified and characterised a novel small protein molecule that can effectively control inflammation leading to better treatment outcomes

Why is northeast India drying up rapidly?

According to study, decreasing monsoon rainfall in north east India is associated with natural changes in the subtropical Pacific Ocean.

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