Launch is only part of Mars mission story; challenges ahead
The successful launch of the country's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) today, is only part of the country's first inter-planetary venture story. The space odyssey is long and complex.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is now looking forward to two key dates December 1, when the MOM spacecraft leaves the earth's sphere of influence and September 24 next year, when it's captured by Martian orbit.
PTI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calls up ISRO Chief K Radhakrishnan, congratulates his team on successful launch of Mars mission.
India's Mars Orbiter enters the Earth's orbit. The Mangalyaan has been successfully separated from the rocket, PSLV- C25.
Miss Asia Pacific's tiara seized at Mumbai airport
Srishti Rana, who won the Miss Asia Pacific 2013 pageant recently, found herself in trouble when her tiara was seized by Air Intelligence Unit at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on Tuesday as it was an undeclared item, media reports said.
The tiara is made of diamonds and other precious gems.
Indian rocket is off to Mars
IANS: An Indian rocket carrying the country's first Mars orbiter Tuesday took off from the launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here in Andhra Pradesh.
Exactly at 2.38 p.m., the rocket -- Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C25 (PSLV-C25) --standing around 44 metres tall and weighing around 320 tonnes hurtled towards the heavens with orange flames fiercely burning at its tail.
PTI: PSLV C25 rocket carrying India's first-ever Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) lifts off from Sriharikota.
'Worrying bout' of communal violence present in country: President
Voicing concern over "worrying bout" of communal violence in some parts of the country, President Pranab Mukherjee today favoured strengthening the ability of local administration to quell such tensions in the initial stages.
Nehru had called Patel a "total communalist", says Advani
BJP today raked up another controversy over Sardar Patel with L K Advani quoting a book to allege that then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru called his Home Minister a "total communalist" when the latter suggested that army be sent to take over a defiant Hyderabad after Independence.
In his latest blog posting, Advani has referred to extracts of a book - "The Story of an Era Told without Ill Will" by M K K Nair which deals with the "sharp exchange" between Nehru and Patel in a Cabinet meeting before "police action" against Hyderabad.
Boeing working with Air India over 787 windshield crack
Boeing Co is working with Air India Ltd after the windshield of a 787 Dreamliner cracked while landing in Australia, the Seattle-based plane maker said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of problems to beset the plane.
The 787 has suffered a series of glitches since it was introduced two years ago, the worst being incidents involving overheating batteries that prompted regulators to ground the entire fleet in January. Flights resumed in April.
Swetha Menon relented after threats of possible tax raids?
What prompted Swetha Menon to withdraw her accusation that Kollam MP Peethambara Kurup misbehaved with her during a public function?
Kerala is discussing this now in a big way.
Though Swetha says that it was on the advice of her father that she decided to withdraw her complaint, not many are ready to buy this theory. While she said that Kurup's apology was enough, the MP clarified that he had apologized as an organizer and not as a wrongdoer.
Same-sex marriage drawing overseas couples to New Zealand
More than a third of the same- sex couples getting married under a new law in New Zealand are coming from overseas, authorities said Tuesday.
In the period till the end of September, 40 of the 177 same-sex marriages involved couples from abroad, Xinhua reported from Statistics New Zealand.
Out of these, 61 were between women and 56 between men.
Quarrel over Rs 180 sees man stabbing friend to death
PTI: A dispute over Rs 180 during Diwali gambling led to a man allegedly stabbing his friend to death in the Subzi Mandi area of north Delhi, police said today.
The deceased, identified as Govind, was stabbed by his friend Pawan after the former refused to pay the Rs 180 he had lost during gambling on Diwali night, police added.
Both were daily wage labourers.
Police takes over safety of Modi's Bahraich rally
The Uttar Pradesh Police has Tuesday taken over the security of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's Nov 8 rally venue at Bahraich, amid a growing threat perception to his safety.
Officials said the rally ground is not accessible to common people, and only Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) workers and office bearers with "valid identification" will be allowed at the venue.
Pakistan's provincial assembly adopts anti-drone resolution
Lawmakers in Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly late Monday unanimously adopted a resolution against the US drone strikes and called upon the federal government to take measures to stop these attacks.
The resolution was passed days after a US drone killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, which Pakistan says has scuttled the proposed peace dialogue with the militants, Xinhua reported.
Merkel insists German-US ties should not be risked
German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday stressed the importance of the German-US alliance, saying that an ongoing debate on whether to grant Edward Snowden asylum must not hamper bilateral ties.
"The chancellor believes she has an obligation to protect the data and privacy of German citizens from illegal monitoring and she is working to reestablish trust with the United States and put in place clear rules for future cooperation," Xinhua quoted Merkel's spokesperson Steffen Seibert as saying.