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K Koteshwar Rao vouches for MoM's Success

ISRO Scientific Secretary K Koteshwar Rao has said that it will be the first time in the history of Mars Missions that a Mars mission spacecraft accomplishes the mission in its very first attempt, if Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM) enters the orbit of Mars on September 24, 2014. The Manglayan has already completed its 90 per cent journey to Mars.

MoM Prepares to Enter the Mars Orbit on September 24

ISRO scientists have started the process of 'waking up' Mars Orbiter Mission’s engine. As per reports, the commands required for MOM’s smooth entry into the orbit of Mars have been uploaded. It will take 13 hours to complete the process. ISRO scientists have said that the orbiter will enter the orbit of Mars on September 24, 2014.

Apple iPhone 5C an 5S price cut ahead of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch in India

Price of Apple iPhone 5S has been dropped ahead of the launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India on October 17. Price of 32GB iPhone 5S that was originally Rs 62500 has now been dropped to Rs 49500, price of 16GB capacity has been dropped from Rs 53,500 to Rs 44,500. The price difference is of Rs 13000 and Rs 9000 respectively. 8GB iPhone 5C is now available at Rs 31500, Rs 6000 less than original price. Though the launch has been announced but price of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has yet to be announced in India.

Fazer, Yamaha's latest version of FZ series

Though no official announcement has been made yet but the 2014 Yamaha Fazer FI Version 2.0 has started coming to the showrooms all across the nation. The expected price of the bike is Rs 94, 305. Many artistic equipment have been added to the bike such as body panel, tail light, tyre hugger, new exhaust pipe, split seats and rear pillion and more. But the mechanical parts of the updated Fazer FI Version 2.0 are almost the same as that of the outgoing model.

NASA and ISRO Scients are in Talks over Joint Mars Working Group

Officials of ISRO and NASA are interacting over a possible Joint Mars Working Group. Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is all set to enter orbit of the red planet in a couple of days. NASA is discussing with Indian scientists of ISRO to forge scientific collaboration between the two space agencies.Director of Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate of NASA, James Green, feels that a joint venture will result in accumulation of numerous data that will help in solving mysteries related to atmosphere of Mars.

Whatsapp becoming Preferred App to Stop Crime in Uttar Pradesh

Extremely popular social networking application, Whatsapp, is becoming the preferred tool of citizens in Uttar Pradesh in checking crime. UP police have started getting numerous complaints through this app. Some of the most popular complaints are related to corruption, traffic violations, and many more.

Students in Public Funded Institutions to be Taught by Scientists

The Union Government has decided to field scientists to impart education to students studying in public funded colleges and schools throughout the country. In an academic year, 5000 scientists will have to provide 12 hours of lectures. Some of the scientists also belong to the renowned Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).  

Apple to Launch iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on October 16

Apple will release its well-awaited flagship iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on October 16, 2014, with the price ranging from Rs 62,500 to Rs 80,500. It is going to be a treat for the Indians as the release will be done just one week before Diwali. Aircel and Bharati Airtel are listed by Apple as the sellers of these new flagship models. While the 16 GB model of iPhone 6 will be priced at Rs 53,500, the 64 GB and 128 GB models will be priced at Rs 62,500 and Rs 71,500, respectively. 

MIT Researchers show Rural Water Desalination by using Solar Energy

Indian villages, it seems, will finally be able to convert salty water to portable water sufficiently by using solar power technology. This information has been revealed by MIT researchers. They have demonstrated a technology called electrodialysis, a different process of desalination that uses solar energy for providing palatable and clean drinking water. Practical application of this research report is very important for India because large part of underground water is salty and not much electricity is there in rural areas to desalinate the water.

Maruti's R&D Facility Stalled by Haryana Government

Narendra Modi’s “Made in India” drive faced a setback in Haryana when the state government asked Maruti Suzuki to halt construction of Rs 3,500-crore-plus R&D facility in Rohtak on the grounds of environmental clearances. It would have been the first ever R&D unit of Suzuki Motor outside Japan. The company has already taken a decision of setting up its next production hub in Gujarat instead of Haryana.

RAPS-5's continuous 765 days performance makes its number 2 globally

RAPS-5 unit of the Rawatbhata Rajasthan Atomic Power Station with 765 days safe reactor operations has achieved the second best position globally. As per official report RAPS-5 started performing on Aug 2, 2012 and since then it has been operating at full power. Designed in India, RAPS-5 is a Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor and uses natural uranium as a fuel. Near about 50 percent of the power generated by the plant is supplied to Rajasthan.

Intex launches smartphone Aqua featuring Mary Kom

A new Aqua Style Mini smartphone has been launched by Indian handset manufacturer Intex. With Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system, the smartphone is priced at Rs 4,990. The user's experience has been enhanced by providing camera with different types of shots like HDR, continous shot and panorama shot, auto call record, FM recording, LED flash and wallpaper change and a four inch VVGA Samsung Amoled display. Not only this but the first 5000 editions of the phone also have Mary Kom's icon embossed at the back of the phone.

Motorola on a Launching Spree

Motorola is on a launching spree in India. It announced the launch of its much awaited Android-based smartwatch – Moto 360 – in India. This wearable device not only runs for an entire day on single charge but also supports wireless charging. It wll be available through Flipkart at Rs 12,999. Motorola has also announced the launch of 2nd generation Moto G as well as Moto X in India.

ISRO meets to discuss the landing of Mars Orbiter on Mars

Spacecraft Authorisation Committee of ISRO met today to discuss the plans of test-firing the main engine of Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM) before it lands on Mars surface on September 24, 2014. If ISRO becomes successful in the first attempt, India will become the first ever country to be successful in Mars Mission at the first attempt. European Space Agency, Russia, and the US succeeded in it only after repeated attempts.

ASUS Launches its First Smartwatch

Taiwanese device maker ASUS has unveiled ZenWatch, its first smartwatch. This device runs on Android Wear operating system and comes with a user interface, ASUS ZenUI, which has been developed especially for this device. This wearable gadget is priced at 199 euros (around Rs. 16,000 on currency conversion) that features quick-release clasp design, leather watchband, and curved display. It is expected to be released in India by 2014-end.

National Green Tribunal gives Go ahead to Science City Project

National Green Tribunal (South Zone) has given a go ahead to ambitious Science City project at Challakere taluk of Chitradurga district in Karnataka that will be spread over 10,000 acres. This green signal removes obstacle from setting up key projects of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), and Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

Enhanced Cooperation between India and Japan on Science and Technology

Prime Ministers of both Japan and India have pledged boosting cooperation in fields of science and technology. A letter of intent was signed between Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences of India for launching cooperation in the field of ocean and earth science and technology.

Lava launches Iris X5 at Rs 8,649

Lava has launched Iris X5, a selfie-focused smartphone at Rs 8,649. The handset will be available exclusively on with a 16GB memory card free. The offer will start from September 1. The phone is reported to have a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with a 1 GB RAM and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. It also includes bluetoooth 3.0, Wi-fi and USB OTG.

Samsung slashes price of Galaxy K zoom to Rs 19,999

Samsung has reduced the price of its handset Galaxy K zoom in India. The device will now be available at Rs 19,999 now than the previous price of Rs 29,999. The exclusive online retailer of the handset, Amazon India has affirmed the price cut. As per reports, the discount of Rs 10,000 will be for few days only but the exact dates have not been revealed.

Central government launches .Bharat domain

The central government has launched the .Bharat domain in Devanagari script which covers eight languages including Hindi, Marathi and Konkani. After the launch, the individuals or the companies who wish to own a website with domain name in Hindi will be able to do so. The domain ‘.Bharat’ will be used as an extension in place of the common domains such as .Net, .Com or .In.

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