Artemis: Orion begins journey back home, all eyes on splash down

Nasa’s Artemins I Orion spacecraft, which was launched on November 16, has left lunar orbit to head back to Earth on Thursday. The spacecraft has been in distant retrograde around the Moon since November 25. Meanwhile, NASA has been putting the vehicle’s various systems through their paces as the US space…

Indonesia set to make premarital sex punishable under new criminal code

Indonesian Parliament is set to pass a new criminal code that will penalise premarital sex, with a punishment of up to one year in jail, local media reports said. The Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) is expected to be passed in the Parliament in the coming days. “Anyone who has intercourse with someone who is not their…

When politicians promised to make Indian cities like foreign cities

 “Please ask Arvind Kejriwal what happened to his promise of turning Delhi into a London, Paris or New York.” On Wednesday, Gautam Gambhir, former Indian cricketer and BJP MP from East Delhi, made this comment while taking a swipe at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister. While campaigning…

Scientists revive 48,500-year-old ‘Zombie Virus’ buried in ice in Russia

Climate change due to global warming is rapidly thawing the ancient permafrost, which may pose a new threat to humans, according to researchers who revived nearly two dozen viruses – including one frozen under a lake more than 48,500 years ago. European researchers examined ancient samples collected from…

Chinese astronauts board space station in historic mission

Three Chinese astronauts arrived on Wednesday at China’s space station for the first in-orbit crew rotation in Chinese space history, launching operation of the second inhabited outpost in low-Earth orbit after the NASA-led International Space Station. The spacecraft Shenzhou-15, or “Divine Vessel”,…

Explained | What Pakistan, Taliban ending ceasefire means for Islamabad

On November 28, in a letter issued by its defense chief Mufti Muzahim, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group that has been waging war against the Pakistani state for over a decade now, officially announced an end of the ceasefire with Pakistan. In its statement, TTP accused the Pakistani state of not…

Manish Sisodia changed phones, destroyed evidence: ED’s charge in liquor policy case

The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday alleged that the accused in a Delhi liquor policy scam, including AAP leader Manish Sisodia, changed their phones several times and destroyed evidence. The probe agency told a Delhi court that Manish Sisodia and Amit Arora, a Delhi businessman who was arrested on Wednesday, had…

Bharat Biotech’s intranasal vaccine gets approval as heterologous booster

Bharat Biotech, a global leader in vaccine innovation and developer of vaccines for infectious diseases, today announced that iNCOVACC, has received approval from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) under Restricted Use in Emergency Situation for ages 18 and above, in India, for heterologous booster…

Temple in Thailand has no monks after all fail drug test

There are no monks left at a Buddhist temple in central Thailand after all of them failed drug tests, a local official said, reported news agency AFP. All four of them have been defrocked, the official added. Defrocking is the removal of a monk’s rights to exercise the functions of the ordained ministry. Four monks,…

Dating apps and Telegram: How China protesters are defying authorities

Opponents of China’s anti-Covid measures are resorting to dating apps and social media platforms blocked on the mainland to evade censors, spread the word about their defiance and strategy, in a high-tech game of cat and mouse with police. Videos, images and accounts of the opposition to China’s tough…