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The company says its stents are made of biodegradable material, and are an alternative to the traditional metal stents (Bloomberg)
The company says its stents are made of biodegradable material, and are an alternative to the traditional metal stents (Bloomberg)

Expert panel to review Meril’s price exemption bid for stent

  • NPPA verified the company’s submissions and decided that the matter be sent to an expert body for re-examination
  • The company says its stents are made of biodegradable material, and are an alternative to the traditional metal stents

HSTDV was test-fired by the DRDO from the Integrated Test Range at 11.27 am, defence ministry said. (Twitter)
HSTDV was test-fired by the DRDO from the Integrated Test Range at 11.27 am, defence ministry said. (Twitter)

India successfully test fires hypersonic cruise missile

  • HSTDV is an unmanned scramjet demonstration vehicle that can cruise up to a speed of mach 6 (or six times the speed of sound) and rise up to an altitude of 32 km in 20 seconds
  • It has a range of uses, including missiles of the future, and energy-efficient, low cost and reusable satellite-launch vehicle

Earlier in March, Rogozin congratulated Musk on the very first flight of the new reusable SpaceX ship - the Crew Dragon - to which Musk replied -
Earlier in March, Rogozin congratulated Musk on the very first flight of the new reusable SpaceX ship - the Crew Dragon - to which Musk replied - "we have always admired your rocket and spacecraft technology". (AFP)

Elon Musk not needed to help Russian space agency

  • Dmitry Rogozin, the Head of Russian space agency Roscosmos said he would not hire SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to get help with reusable rocketry
  • "He's a busy man, I'm a busy man, why should I invite him?" Roscosmos head was quoted in Russia Today

Monsoon clouds hover in the sky at Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district. (PTI )
Monsoon clouds hover in the sky at Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district. (PTI )

Govt to procure 2 supercomputers for augmenting weather forecast

  • These supercomputers are used to compute data related to weather forecasting and running different weather and climate models
  • The new supercomputers will be set up at the two existing institutes of the MoES

Almost 20% of all pharmaceutical goods sold in the Indian market are counterfeit, according to an USTR report. (Photo: Mint)
The missions will be for stays of up to 30 days. Photo: AFP
The missions will be for stays of up to 30 days. Photo: AFP

Soon, NASA will open International Space Station for tourists

  • NASA is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities, said NASA chief
  • The space station was built along with Russia starting in 1998, and other countries participate in the mission and send up astronauts

NASA Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWit speaks during a news conference Friday, June 7, 2019, in New York. NASA announced Friday that it will open the International Space Station to private astronauts, with the first visit as early as next year.  (AP)
NASA Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWit speaks during a news conference Friday, June 7, 2019, in New York. NASA announced Friday that it will open the International Space Station to private astronauts, with the first visit as early as next year. (AP)

Got $50 million for a vacation? NASA to open space station to private citizens

  • Arrangements for the trip were being left to Boeing and SpaceX, NASA said
  • NASA estimated the cost of a flight would be around $50 million per seat

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Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani launched the pilot emissions trading project in Surat. (twitter@vijayrupanibjp)
A Long March 11 carrier rocket takes off from a mobile launch platform in the Yellow Sea off Shandong province, China June 5, 2019.  (China Daily via Reuters)
A Long March 11 carrier rocket takes off from a mobile launch platform in the Yellow Sea off Shandong province, China June 5, 2019. (China Daily via Reuters)

China successfully launches its Long March-11 rocket from sea for first time

  • A Long March 11 rocket was launched from a ship in the Yellow Sea just after midday
  • China now spends more than Russia and Japan on its civil and military space programmes

NASA awarded the companies $77-97 million each for development of their landers. Photo: AFP (AFP)
NASA awarded the companies $77-97 million each for development of their landers. Photo: AFP (AFP)

NASA plans to send equipment to Moon from 2020, first time since 1970s

  • NASA has chosen Astrobotic, Intuitive Machines and Orbit Beyond to send equipment to the Moon
  • Donald Trump has accelerated the timetable for putting humans back on the Moon with 2024 the new target date

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The biggest barrier to universal health coverage is the huge shortage in workforce needed to deliver the promised services. (Photo: HT)
The biggest barrier to universal health coverage is the huge shortage in workforce needed to deliver the promised services. (Photo: HT)

As govt begins fresh innings, all eyes on healthcare promise

  • Both central and state budgetary allocations will have to be raised steadily every year to increase its public health spending to 2.5% of GDP by 2025
  • NHP 2017 affirms that two-thirds of public financing will go to primary health services

Rain clouds fill the sky in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. India's monsoon season to hit Kerala on 6 June this year, predicts IMD. (Photo: AP)
Rain clouds fill the sky in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. India's monsoon season to hit Kerala on 6 June this year, predicts IMD. (Photo: AP)

Lack of cross-equatorial flow hinders progress of monsoon

  • Monsoon reached the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 18
  • The weather department said the monsoon was yet to get traction from the Arabian Sea

The agency would look at the landing (rover) on the surface of the Moon on September 6. (ISRO )
The agency would look at the landing (rover) on the surface of the Moon on September 6. (ISRO )

Chandrayaan-2 launch to take place between July 9-16: ISRO

  • According to ISRO, Chandrayaan-2 is the second lunar mission and has three modules Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan)
  • After launch into earth bound orbit, the integrated module will reach Moon orbit using Orbiter propulsion module

A replica of the international prototype of the kilogram. Photo: Reuters
A replica of the international prototype of the kilogram. Photo: Reuters

We've shed a kilo but gained a new one

  • Kilogram will be officially defined in terms of atomic properties and fundamental physics constants
  • Over its lifetime, that standard kilo is estimated to have lost about 50 micrograms, MIT researchers noted

The development may affect the sub-national polio round next month. (HT)