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India’s space agency announces missions to study Sun, Venus

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A manned mission into space, scheduled for December 2021 is also on track, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said at a news conference.

The space agency’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan 2, is scheduled to launch on July 15 and would include the landing of a rover on the moon’s surface, Sivan said.

The entire process would be completed with a landing on a shadow region of the moon by Sept. 6 or 7.

“We are landing at a place where nobody else has gone, a lot of new science is expected to emerge from this mission,’’ Sivan said.

The Aditya L-1 mission to study the sun is scheduled to be launched by the first half of 2020.

The mission is to place a satellite at what is called Liberation point 1 nearer the sun that would move in an orbit similar to that of earth and study the sun’s corona.

“This is expected to have a major impact on climate change studies,’’ Sivan said.

The mission to study Venus is planned in about two to three years time, Sivan said. “Venus is a high-temperature body and most missions to it have failed, we want to succeed,’’ Sivan added.

ISRO’s mission to carry humans into space, Gaganyaan, is scheduled for launch in December 2021.

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Google removes app from India Play store that deletes Chinese apps

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Google has removed a popular app from its Play store in India that scans users’ smartphones, identifies apps made in China and removes them.

The app was removed because it violates Google’s policies which do not allow apps to delete or deactivate other apps unless they are related to security, the United States tech company said.

The app lets users decide whether to delete apps developed by Chinese companies. If the application did not find any applicable apps, a message popped up telling users, “You are awesome, no China app found.”

The app only recently hit the Indian market and quickly went viral with five million downloads, according to experts. That popularity may partly be due to heightened tensions between India and China.

The two countries are locked in a protracted dispute over a border in the Himalayas, after China won a war over the territory in 1962.

There have been repeated clashes ever since, and several people were injured in an incident in May, according to reports in Indian media.

These tensions have led to greater anti-Chinese sentiment in India, where celebrities have called on followers to delete apps made in China, including TikTok, which enjoys widespread popularity in India.

An alternative to TikTok, likewise popular in India, was also recently removed from Google’s Play store due to policy violations, local media reported.

On Tuesday, an editorial in China’s state-run Global Times newspaper wrote, “If the Indian government allows this irrational anti-China sentiment to further ruin bilateral relations, it will likely lead to a quid pro quo penalty from Beijing.”

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Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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1st LD Writethru: 5 killed, over 50 injured in factory explosion in India’s Gujarat

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At least five people were killed and over 50 others injured Wednesday in a massive explosion inside a chemical factory in India’s western state of Gujarat, officials said.

The blast triggering fire went off at a plant in an industrial area in Dahej of Bharuch district, about 254 km south of Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat.

“A massive blast inside pesticide-making agro-chemical factory left five people dead and 50 others injured,” an official posted at Bharuch collectorate office said. “Some of the bodies were found inside the factory while few others succumbed at hospital.”

According to the official, the injured in the blast were admitted in the nearest hospitals for treatment.

The victims have been identified as workers working inside the factory.

The cause of the blast was not immediately known, however officials said the broiler inside the factory exploded.

Authorities have rushed fire tenders to the spot to contain the blaze.

Photographers from the spot showed thick black smoke billowing out from the factory.

The disaster management officials have evacuated residents of two villages close to the factory.

Reports said the explosion was heard up to a three-km radius.

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Indian elephant dies after eating fruit packed with firecracker, police investigating

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A pregnant elephant died in India apparently after eating some fruit containing a firecracker that exploded in her mouth, prompting a criminal investigation into suspected cruelty toward animals.

Forestry officials said this on Wednesday.

The incident drew outrage on social media after a forestry officer, Mohan Krishnan, posted an emotional apology to the elephant on May 30 in which he said the animal died from eating a pineapple or another fruit stuffed with a firecracker.

Forestry officials said the incident happened on May 23 in the Palakkad district of Kerala State in southern India, near farmland where locals sometimes scatter fruit spiked with firecrackers to discourage animals from damaging crops.

“We only know that the injury (to the elephant) was caused by some explosive substance,’’forestry official Sunil Kumar said.

The perpetrators, he said, could face animal cruelty charges that could bring fines or even a jail term.

India has the world’s largest population of the Asiatic elephant but they are classified as an endangered species.

Incidents of human-animal conflict are not uncommon as elephants often stray into human settlements hunting for food.

The pregnant elephant had wandered out of the local Silent Valley National Park in search of food when the incident occurred, forestry officials said.

They later found the elephant trying to cool herself in a stream but as locals tried to heave it out of the water to take it to a treatment centre, the animal collapsed and died.

Sorry sister,’’ Krishnan, who witnessed the elephant’s death, wrote in a Facebook post.

“With her mouth and tongue destroyed in the explosion, she paced around hungry without being able to eat.

“ She must have been more worried about the health of the child inside her than about her own hunger.’’


Edited By: Halima Sheji/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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Workers prepare quarantine center for COVID-19 patients in Agartala, India

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Dozens injured in factory explosion in India’s Gujarat

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Dozens of workers were injured on Wednesday in an explosion inside a chemical factory in India’s western state of Gujarat, officials said.

The blast triggering fire went off at a plant in an industrial area in Dahej of Bharuch district, about 254 km south of Gandhinagar, the capital city of Gujarat.

“Today a blast went off inside a chemical factory at Yashashvi Rasayan Private Limited here, following which it went up in flames,” an official at Bharuch collectorate office said. “Many workers inside the factory were injured in a blast at Yashashvi Rasayan Private Limited.”

The injured, according to officials, have been sent to hospitals.

Authorities have rushed fire tenders to the spot to contain the blaze.

Local media reports put the number of injured workers at 40, saying that residents close to the factory have been evacuated.

(XINHUA)

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases mounting in South, Southeast Asia as India total infections surpass 200,000

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South and Southeastern Asian countries continued to report spikes in COVID-19 cases Wednesday as India recorded its highest daily increase of 8,909 new cases, bringing the total to cross the 200,000 mark.

The number of confirmed cases rose to 207,615 in India, and the death toll reached 5,815, said the federal health ministry.

As many as 217 new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, added the ministry’s data.

Bangladesh reported 2,695 more positive cases, bringing the total to 55,140.

A total of 37 deaths including 28 men and nine women were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 746.

In Indonesia, the total cases rose by 684 within one day to 28,233, and the death toll increased by 35 to 1,698.

The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines surged to 19,748 after the Department of Health reported 751 more infections.

The number of recoveries further climbed to 4,153 after 90 more patients have recovered, and the death toll also increased to 974 after eight more deaths were reported.

Malaysia recorded 93 newly-confirmed cases, pushing the national total to 7,970.

Health ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press briefing that all the new cases are local transmissions, with 91 being foreign nationals and two are locals.

No new deaths had been reported, with the total standing at 115.

The Afghan Ministry of Public Health confirmed 758 new cases, bringing to 17,267 the total number of patients in the country.

Twenty-four patients died within the period, taking the death toll to 294.

South Korea reported 49 more cases compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Wednesday local time, raising the total number of infections to 11,590.

The daily caseload stayed above 30 for three straight days due to small cluster infections from religious gatherings in the metropolitan area.

One more death was confirmed, leaving the death toll at 273.

South Korea unveiled the country’s biggest-ever supplementary budget plan Wednesday to tackle an economic fallout from the pandemic.

The extra budget plan worth 35.3 trillion won (28.5 billion U.S. dollars) will be submitted to the National Assembly for approval, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

In New Zealand, restrictions on businesses will be removed under COVID-19 Alert Level 1, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern explained the details as New Zealanders are seeing their lives returning to normal.

The country reported no new cases for 12 consecutive days.

The decision to move down to Alert Level 1 will be made on June 8, Ardern said, adding it was possible that New Zealand could move down to Alert Level 1 by June 10.

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Cyclone Nisarga with strong winds makes landfall on India’s western coast

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The cyclone Nisarga made the landfall at Alibaug area on India‘s western coast, near financial capital Mumbai, at around 13:15 p.m. (local time) on Wednesday, even as winds up to the speed of 120-140 kilometers per hour (kmph) were reported from the area, confirmed an official at the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

TV reports showed trees being uprooted, and temporary roofs flying in the air along the western coastline areas hit by the cyclone.

The cyclone is expected to complete the landfall in the next three hours, said the IMD official. It is likely to adversely affect areas in southwestern state of Maharashtra and western state of Gujarat, as it gradually moves towards the central state of Madhya Pradesh.

People living in low lying areas have been rehabilitated in safer places, and power supplies have cut in many areas likely to be affected by the cyclone.

Elaborate arrangements have been made in the affected areas, even as several teams of the National Disaster Response Force teams have been deployed to carry out the relief and rescue work. Indian Army and Indian Navy personnel have been kept on standby, said official sources.

“With the cyclonic storm Nisarga brewing in the Arabian Sea, all teams have been put on alert and are in readiness to respond to any requirement of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief during the storm period,” said the Indian Navy in an official statement.

This is the second successive cyclone to hit India in two weeks. Earlier, super cyclone “Amphan” had hit the eastern coastal areas on May 20, affecting several districts in the states of Odisha and West Bengal, leaving behind a tale of devastation.

According to media reports, cyclone Nisarga is less devastating as compared to Amphan.

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Google takes down Indian app that removed Chinese ones -spokesman

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Alphabet Inc’s Google has taken down an Indian mobile application from its app store that allowed users to remove other Chinese apps from their phones as it violated certain company policies, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

The app, “Remove China Apps”, had become top trending free app on Google’s mobile app store in India with more than five million downloads since late May.

Its popularity rose amid calls for a boycott of Chinese mobile apps in India during a Himalayan border dispute between the two nations.

A Google spokesman confirmed to Reuters the app had been removed due to violation of app store policies, but gave no further details.

A person familiar with the matter said the software violated Google’s policies prohibiting apps that mislead users into removing or disabling third-party apps or modifying device settings or features.

Remove China Apps scanned users’ phones for apps such as ByteDance’s TikTok and Alibaba’s UC Browser.

Once deleted, a message popped up saying “You are awesome, no China app found’’.

OneTouch AppLabs, which developed the app, did not respond to a request for comment.

On its website it confirmed the app had been removed and thanked users for their support.

Many Indians and a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party have used the hash tag #BoycottChineseProducts on social media, calling for deletion of popular Chinese apps.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Cyclone Nisarga to soon make landfall on India’s western coastal areas

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The approaching cyclone Nisarga from the Arabian Sea will make the landfall on India’s western coastal areas at around 1:00 p.m. local time Wednesday, said an official source in the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The affected areas would be in the states of Maharashtra, including financial capital Mumbai, and Gujarat, which are already facing strong winds.

The winds would attain a speed of around 120 kilometers per hour (kmph) by the afternoon at the time the cyclone makes the landfall, according to the official source.

“Wind is picking up along the coast. Ratnagiri area in Maharashtra state recorded 55 kmph at 08:30 hours. Squally wind reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph prevails along & off Konkan coast. It will gradually increase becoming 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph in the afternoon during landfall time,” tweeted the IMD a short while ago.

After making the landfall at Alibaug area near Mumbai, the cyclone is expected to move towards the country’s central state of Madhya Pradesh later in the day.

Meanwhile, elaborate arrangements have been made in the affected areas, even as several teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed to carry out the relief and rescue work. Indian Army and Indian Navy personnel have been kept on standby, said official sources.

“With the cyclonic storm Nisarga brewing in the Arabian Sea, all teams have been put on alert and are in readiness to respond to any requirement of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) during the storm period,” said the Indian Navy in an official statement.

This would be the second successive cyclone to hit India in two weeks. Earlier, super cyclone “Amphan” had hit the eastern coastal areas on May 20, affecting several districts in the states of Odisha and West Bengal, leaving behind a tale of devastation.

As precautionary measures, fishing activities have been totally suspended and process to evacuate people living in low lying areas has already begun. “Movement in motor boats and small ships is unsafe,” said an official statement issued by the federal Ministry of Earth Science.

People living in low lying areas have been rehabilitated in safer places, and power supplies have cut in many areas likely to be affected by the cyclone.

(XINHUA)

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