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Technological Cooperation between India and the US Expands

After successful Mangalyaan mission, technology has become one of the main agendas of cooperation and partnerships between the US and India. Both countries are expected to sign an agreement to launch joint radar satellite mission. Other areas where partnerships are expected include education, health, manufacturing, and energy. On high-energy physics cooperation, USA and India are trying to sign two project annexes under Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) of India and US Department of Energy. Plans are also there between ISRO and NASA to have future missions to different outer-space destinations including moon.

Xiaomi Mi 3 is likely to comeback for sale during Diwali in India

As per media report much in demand Xiaomi Mi 3 smartphone will again be available in India during this Diwali season. Xiaomi Mi 3 was not officially available for sale in India and potential customers are now waiting for the same. Xiaomi’s India Head, Manu Jain talked about the availability of Xiaomi Mi 3 at a conference held in Banglore. In the previous sale batch consisting of 10,000 units were offered for sale and within a month's period company sold around 100000 smartphones. The Xiaomi Redmi 1S was offered in large number, so its sale went much higher. It is expected that Xiaomi Mi 3 will also be available in large numbers.

Samsung's new Alpha smartphone

Samsung launched its new Alpha smartphone worth Rs 39,990 in India on Saturday. The phone priced at Rs 39,990 looks very stylish and different from Galaxy design. User will get an octa-core processor (1.8GHz +1.3GHz) with 2GB RAM the Android Kitkat, a 4.7-inch HD super AMOLED screen, 12 MP rear camera and 2.1 MP front camera, a 1860 mAh battery and 32GB internal storage and a fingerprint scanner.

Young Scientific Minds Best Assets for India: Union Minister Jitendra Singh

 While addressing scientists on the occasion of 72nd Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Day, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that young minds having scientific temper are the most trustworthy and viable assets of India. He went on to say that these young scientific minds can become the mascot of Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign if they are tapped properly.

Success of MOM opens up Outer Space Business Prospects for India

Mars Orbiter Mission’s success has drawn appreciation from almost all quarters across the world.Chinahas laudedIndiafor making ‘landmark progress’ in the field of outer space exploration. NASA congratulatedIndiaon Mangalyaan’s success.India’s mission to the red planet is the cheapest outer space expedition, thereby puttingIndiaamong the frontrunners in space business. This has become possible becauseIndiagave priority to Indian made material over costly foreign imports.

Second Generation Moto X now Available for Sales on Flipkart

The 2nd generation Motorola Moto X is now available in India through Flipkart. It costs Rs 31,999. In comparison to its predecessor Moto X, it is going to be costlier by Rs 10,000. This new smartphone runs on Android 4.4 but is expected to be updated to the upcoming Android L operating system. New Moto X features 5.2-inch Full HD screen, Corning Gorilla Glass for display protection, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, etc.

Mangalyaan enters Mars' Orbit Successfully

India has become the first Asian country to successfully place its Mangalyaan spacecraft in Mars’ orbit on 24 September 2014 at the very first attempt. A senior official of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said that the Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM) was accomplished successfully, 515 km away from the surface of Mars. On Wednesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has not only reached out to the unknown but also achieved the near impossible, creating a history.  

Mangalyaan so far Cheapest Inter-Planetary Mission

As Mangalyaan aircraft cruises towards Mars orbit, it is going to become the cheapest Mars mission ever. The total cost of the mission is just Rs 450 crore, which is equivalent to Rs 4 per individuals residing in India. The Indian Space Research Organisation put together the aircraft in a record time of just 15 months. MAVEN aircraft of NASA costs 10 times more than Mangalyaan.

Modi Emphasises on Indegenous Innovations

Indian PM Narendra Modi has asked IITians to innovate and bring positive changes in the lives of common people of India through local innovations. He particularly said “Science is universal. Technology must be local”. DRDO chief and Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister Dr Avinash Chander a week back said that India has come a long way in technological matter and transformed itself from a mere importer to technology innovator.

India's Mangalyaan Enters Crucial Phase and Test Fires Successfully

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM) has entered Mars Gravitational Sphere of Influence (MGSI), which means the aircraft is within 5.4 lakh km radius. On November 5, 2013, the spaceport was launched from Sriharikota and is scheduled to enter the Martian Orbit on September 24, 2014. ISRO today successfully woke up the main rocket engine inside the spacecraft for 4 seconds that has been lying dormant for the last nine months.

Motorola to launch smartwatch Moto 360 in India

Motorola is soon going to launch its smartwatch Moto 360 in India probably by the end of this month. E-commerce major Flipkart has officially listed Moto 360 on its website but without the price and exact date of its launch. Moto 360 will be the first smartwatch to have circular design. It has 1.5-inch backlit LCD display panel. Health freaks will get pedometer and optical heart rate monitor fitted inside the smartwatch Moto 360. IP67 water-resistant certifications, dual micropahones, TI OMAP processor, 4GB internal storage are few other features of Moto 360 smartwatch.

Gujarat Technological University Signs MoU with Chinese Universities

The Gujarat Technological University (GTU) has signed an MoU with two Chinese universities for educational partnership as well as student exchange. The two concerned Chinese universities are: Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan and JiangsuUniversity in Zhenjiang. G P Vadodariya, registrar of GTU, signed the MoU with the Chinese Universities for designing 8-week summer internship programme involving joint research and student/faculty exchange.

Google India to spend Rs 100 crore on Android One Campaign

Google India has decided to spend Rs 100 crore in India for marketing and advertising Android One smartphones. Ogilvy & Mather has already created a catchy advertising tagline 'Apni kismet, apna haath' and is already on air. Unique campaign strategy had been adopted by Google on September 16, where they extended usual show duration from 23-24 minutes to 27 minutes on Zee Television network channels and aired exclusive Android One advertisement after every half an hour for a stretch of 24 hours.

No Running Cost for Cold Storage created by IIT Engineers

Unnecessary wastage of agricultural produce may end with few young IIT Engineers creating a cold storage that runs on solar power and the running cost is almost nil. This kind of product has not been developed anywhere else in the world. Vivek Pandey, a mechanical engineering student, along with his team developed this project at Science andTechnologyentrepreneurshipPark(STEP) of IIT-Kharagpur. This cost-effective project has been tested successfully in a farmland in Karnataka.   

Another Flash Sale of Xiaomi Redmi 1S in India

 

40,000 units of Redmi 1S, popular budget smart phone of Xiaomi, got sold in just 3.4 seconds in India. It is the third flash sale of Redmi 1S in this country. The next date of sale for Redmi 1S on Flipkart will be September 23, 2014. This budget smart phone is available in India through Flipkart at Rs 5,999.

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.

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