China to set up first solar power plant in space by 2028

After successfully returning samples from the Moon, landing, and roving on Mars in their first attempt, China is set to launch the first solar-powered plant in space. The project is already in its initial stages and the agency aims to launch it by 2028, two years ahead of the earlier estimated time. The solar space…

Russia defaults on foreign debt for first time in a century as payment deadline expires

Russia looked set for its first sovereign default in decades as some bondholders said they had not received overdue interest on Monday following the expiry of a key payment deadline a day earlier. Russia has struggled to keep up payments on $40 billion of outstanding bonds since its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, as…

Sri Lanka economic crisis: Schools closed, people work from home to save fuel

Troops in Sri Lanka handed tokens on Monday to people queueing for petrol amid a severe fuel shortage in the nation battling its worst economic crisis in seven decades, while schools shut in Colombo and public employees were asked to work from home. With its foreign exchange reserves at a record low, the island of 22…

Mercury like never seen before: These images reveal cratered world hit by Sun’s wrath

The BepiColombo, a joint Japanese and European space mission, has beamed back fresh images of Mercury from its second flyby to the planet, coming as close as just 200 kilometers above the surface. The spacecraft captured the planet’s mysterious world using its three monitoring cameras (MCAM). The first image in…

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn to come together in skies from today. They will next align only in 2040

In what could be one of the rarest celestial events to occur, five planets will form rare conjunction in the skies from Friday. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will align together, giving stargazers a unique opportunity to see five planetary bodies in the skies from Earth at once. This will not happen again…

A Windows 98 update 200 million kms away from Earth

Operating around Mars for nearly 19 years now, the Mars Express spacecraft is about to get a major update. The MARSIS instrument on the spacecraft that is looking for signs of liquid water on the Red Planet will get a major boost as the Windows 98 platform will be upgraded to Mars in 2022. The update will enable the…

Covid vaccines saved 20 million lives in first year, scientists say

Nearly 20 million lives were saved by Covid-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if international targets for the shots had been reached, researchers reported Thursday. On Dec. 8, 2020, a retired shop clerk in England received the first shot in what would become a global…

‘No textbooks for students’: Flawed policies, global inflation bring severe paper crisis in Pakistan

A severe paper crisis in Pakistan is threatening to disrupt the academic activities in the country. Students in Pakistan are unlikely to receive their books next academic year, which will begin in August, said Pakistan’s paper associations. The crisis has been brought about by a combination of global inflation,…

Many political parties on ECI radar for siphoning off money | Investigation Part 1

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is cracking its whip on political parties across states for activities such as black money and hawala transactions and illegal tax benefits. Parties from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh are on the ECI radar. One of the first things Chief…

Biggest rail strike in 30 years brings UK to standstill

Britain’s biggest rail strike in 30 years kicked off on Tuesday as tens of thousands of staff walked out in a dispute over pay and jobs that could pave the way for widespread industrial action across the economy in coming months. Some of the more than 40,000 rail workers who are due to strike on Tuesday, Thursday…