News Analysis - Science & Technology

  • Moon Mission on Track (March 12, 2007)
    The federal government sanctioned Rs. 100 crore (USD 22 million) for the Chandrayaan-I project that will see the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launch the spacecraft 100 kilometers from the Lunar orbit in March 2008.<More>

  • TVS Unit Sold to Finnish Company (March 05, 2007)
    TVS Electronics is planning to divest its electronic contract manufacturing services business to Finland based Incap Corporation for Rs. 50-60 crore (USD 11-13 million) to re-focus on its core peripherals business.<More>

  • Moon Mission Progresses (March 05, 2007)
    With higher allocation of funds for space research, Indian space scientists have started integrating satellites for the moon mission Chandrayaan-1 which is a scientific investigation spacecraft.<More>

  • India on EU Project to Study Universe (February 06, 2007)
    India will join one of the largest physics project, championed by the EU, to study the evolution of the Universe seconds after the Big Bang during the India-EU Ministerial Science Conference this week.<More>

  • India on GLONASS GPS (January 31 , 2007)
    After failing to secure a berth in the US and European Global Positioning Systems (GPS) because it failed to get guarantees of uninterrupted service contract, India gained access to the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS).<More>

  • Aerospace Command to Protect Space Assets (January 30 , 2007)
    Responding to the Chinese satellite killer weapon, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi said that India is in the process of setting up a separate “aerospace command” to exploit outer space and also to protect “space assets.”<More>

  • Space Arming Realities, Abe Wants Cons Change (January 29, 2007)
    With new nuclear weapons state in the neighborhood and testing of anti-satellite missile by China leading to possible arming of space, is compelling Japan to reconsider changing its pacifist Constitution to protect its interests.<More>

  • Russia Wants Energy, Military Pie (January 25, 2007)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in India to rejuvenate ties hoping to win a strong share of India’s large energy and military budget and also be the Guest of Honor of the Republic Day Parade that showcases Indian military and cultural might.<More>

  • Satellite recovered from sea (January 24, 2007)
    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-I) was a “grand success” as the capsule “gently” splashed down into the Bay of Bengal and recovered by the Coast Guard.<More>

  • IT Revenues Projected at USD 47B (January 24, 2007)
    An industry review of Information Technology and Information Technology Enhanced Services (IT/ITES) projected a 28% growth revenue from these sectors to net USD 47.8 billion and its portion of gross domestic product (GDP) at 5.4% in 2006-07.<More>

  • Advanced Defense Lab in Bangalore (January 10, 2007)
    The Defence Researh and Development Organisation (DRDO) is starting a Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) in its campus in Bangalore and expected to become the most elite laboratory for defense research and development (R&D).<More>

  • Call to Open Govt IT Procurement (January 10, 2007)
    A non-profit public policy think tank asked India to open up government Information Technology (IT) procurement policies by removing restrictions on foreign manufactured equipment and instituting stronger intellectual property rights (IPR) protection mechanisms.<More>

  • Moon Rover Plans (January 09, 2007)
    As part of the second Chadrayan mnission in 2010-11, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is planning to land a motorized rover on the moon to pick up samples of soil or rocks, perform chemical analysis, and beam data to mother spacecraft.<More>

  • Bigger S&T Budget (January 08, 2007)
    With increased input from educationalists and technologists, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised a significant increase in budget allocation for science and technology (S&T) so there is a “new thrust to and renewed investment in basic sciences.”<More>

  • Recoverable Sat on PSLV (December 23, 2006)
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said that it is preparing to launch four satellites on a single Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C7) in January and one of the satellites will be recoverable after a week or so in orbit.<More>

  • Indo-Swiss S&T Cooperation (November 22, 2006)
    Visiting Federal Minister for Science & Technology Kapil Sibal and Switzerland Home Minister Pascal Couchepin signed an Executive Program of Cooperation (POC) within the ambit of the framework umbrella agreement on cooperation signed November 2003.<More>

  • Success in Cryogenic Stage (November 21, 2006)
    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced it has successfully tested a full-fledged cryogenic stage in rocketry for 50 seconds with a thrust of 7.5 tons making it the 6th nation in the world to have achieved this feat.<More>

  • Second Green Revolution Needs Major Reform (November 10, 2006)
    Investigations and studies behind consistent suicides by farmers around the country is increasingly pointing to “avoidable, man-made” conditions ranging from drop in financial support, lack of agricultural support systems, to impractical Federal policies.<More>

  • Manned Space Mission Idea Gets Boost (November 09, 2006)
    A National Consultative Meeting organized by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) saw 80 top scientists and technologists unanimously voting that India pursue the idea of manned space mission.<M

  • Improved Thorium Reactor Next Year (November 08, 2006)
    The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) said that its work on an improved heavy-water based reactor capable of generating 300 megawatts (MW) using thorium will be available sometime next year. When ready, the design will be adopted by the Nuclear Power Corporation (NPC) to generate 700 mw of power.<More>

  • India 3rd Largest Investor in Belgium (November 08, 2006)
    Making a strong pitch for Indian investments in Belgium, visiting Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said that his country has fought red tape and liberalized tax and labor laws and is becoming a “magnet” for investments making India is the 3rd largest investor.<More>

  • Solar Vaccine Cooler (November 07, 2006)
    An Indian scientist under a grant from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has developed a solar-powered vaccine cooler which replaces traditional lead batteries and ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) thus making it practical and eco-friendly.<More>

  • ISRO Floats Manned Space Mission Proposal (October 27, 2006)
    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman G. Madhavan Nair apparently made a “registration of intent” to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about sending an Indian astronaut into space on a home-made capsule using an Indian launch vehicle.<More>

  • 2 Experimental Satellites from China (October 27, 2006)
    China successfully launched 2 space environment exploration satellites with a life-span of 2 years and manufactured by Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology and China’s DFH Satellite Co Ltd on its Long March-4B carrier rockets.<More>

  • Improved Climate Forecasting for Agri Productivity (October 25, 2006)
    The Ministry of Earth Sciences is proposing a new 5-year plan which will provide easily available improved weather forecasting for farmers in the hope that this will improve agricultural productivity and therefore positively impact economic growth.<More>

  • NE S&T Developments (October 17, 2006)
    In a sign that India recognizes the lack of development t in the North Eastern sates, it announced a slew of new projects for the region to ensure that the economic and social development happening in the rest of the nation reaches these remote areas.<More>

  • China Claims Fusion Reactor Successes (October 04, 2006)
    Chinese scientists claimed that their first experimental thermonuclear fusion test replicating sun’s energy generation process in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor was successful.<More>

  • “Mercury Thunder” Operational (September 14, 2006)
    The Phase - III of Army Static Switched Communication Network (ASCON) named “Mercury Thunder” became operational to cover the whole nation where units and formations will have access to ‘triple play’ services including voice, video and data.<More>

  • Special Education through Satellite (September 08, 2006)
    The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) have signed separate agreements with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to set-up boost distance education oriented at the disabled, parents, and trainers.<More>

  • Private Nuclear Power Generation Considered (September, 05 2006)
    As the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal is becoming more of a reality, there is increasing signs that the Federal Government may be considering private nuclear power operators as a viable alternative to double nuclear power capacities by 2030<More>

  • IIT-Kanpur Develops Biometric Software (August 17, 2006)
    The Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-Kanpur) says that it has developed software that will help financial institutions and security agencies create biometric data banks using fingerprints, retinal scans, and signatures.<More>

  • Digital Record of Bio-Resources (July 28, 2006)
    Department of Biotechnology under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology has produced a set of CD based information called “Jeeva Sampada” which is the first digital documentation of India's vast bio-resources covering over 39,000 species.<More>

  • GSLV Fails, INSAT 4-C Lost (July 11, 2006)
    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) failed to place the most sophisticated satellite it has created as the rocket carrying the INSAT-4C veered off its trajectory due to a strap-on motor failure forcing controllers to abort the mission and destruct the rocket.<More>

  • Sugar Farming Increases for Quick Profit (March 31, 2006)
    More and more Indian farmers are switching from traditional crops of vegetables, pulses, and cereals to sugarcane because of the quick profit they can make from this cash crop.<More>

  • Government Plans to Export Sugar (March 15, 2006)
    Ministry of Food and Agriculture says that sugar production from Uttar Pradesh has exceeded the target 18.1 million tons (mt) by .4 mt and is allowing the export of this quantity to Pakistan <More>

  • ISRO to Assist in Health (January 25, 2006)
    The Federal Health Ministry and National Institute of Communicable Diseases in a tie-up with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will link 400 sites countrywide.<More>

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