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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

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President Xi Jinping said curbing the outbreak and saving lives was a top priority as the number of patients more than tripled and a third person died (Photo: AP)
President Xi Jinping said curbing the outbreak and saving lives was a top priority as the number of patients more than tripled and a third person died (Photo: AP)

China virus spreads to Beijing, Shanghai, Xi says containment top priority

  • Authorities confirmed a total of 217 new cases of the virus in China
  • Adding to the difficulties of containing the virus, hundreds of millions of Chinese will be travelling domestically, abroad during the Lunar New Year holiday that starts this week

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El Nino is characterized by above normal sea-surface temperatures over central and eastern Pacific Ocean. Photo: AFP
A low resolution image of the Khalifa International Stadium and Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar captured by Isro’s Cartosat-3.
A low resolution image of the Khalifa International Stadium and Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar captured by Isro’s Cartosat-3.

Cartosat-3 seen adding strategic depth to India’s military capabilities

  • In time, the images captured by Cartosat-3 could be used by the Indian military to carry out drone strikes
  • Analysts say the pictures issued by Isro demonstrate only a fraction of what the PAN cameras can actually capture

Travelers pass by a health checkpoint before entering immigration at the international airport in Beijing (Photo: AP)
Travelers pass by a health checkpoint before entering immigration at the international airport in Beijing (Photo: AP)

Chinese virus: Scientists develop 1st diagnostic test

  • The Chinese virus, which first emerged in Wuhan, and can cause severe pneumonia, can now be detected in the laboratory
  • The test will help scientists to understand whether the new virus is capable of spreading from human to human

A traveler wears a facemask as she stands near the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing (Photo: AP)
A view of GSAT30, a communication satellite, set to be launched on Jan. 17, 2020, which is configured on ISRO's enhanced I-3K Bus structure to provide communication services from Geostationary orbit in C and Ku bands. The satellite derives its heritage from ISRO. (PTI)
A view of GSAT30, a communication satellite, set to be launched on Jan. 17, 2020, which is configured on ISRO's enhanced I-3K Bus structure to provide communication services from Geostationary orbit in C and Ku bands. The satellite derives its heritage from ISRO. (PTI)

India's GSAT-30 successfully launched from French Guiana

GSAT-30, India's first space mission in 2020, was successfully launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) at 2:35 a.m according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint
Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint

Opinion | The years roll by, happily and autobiographically

  • 2019 is a ‘happy’ number (adding squares of each of its digits leads to 1), 2020 is autobiographical (digits tell you the number of each digit it has)
  • 2019 was ‘lucky’ as well. Lucky numbers are the survivors after a mathematical sieve sifts out certain numbers by applying a rule over and over

The images were captured by CARTOSAT-3
Representational Image: The satellite developed by scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) would replace the ageing INSAT 4A-spacecraft,
Representational Image: The satellite developed by scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) would replace the ageing INSAT 4A-spacecraft,

India set to boost communication services with launch of GSAT-30

  • The launch is scheduled at 2:35 am on Friday, when the Ariane-5 rocket would lift off from the European Spaceport in Kouru, France
  • It would be the first Indian satellite to be injected into space this year

India's heaviest launch vehicle Bahubali GSLV Mark-III will carry the astronauts to space. (Reuters)
India's heaviest launch vehicle Bahubali GSLV Mark-III will carry the astronauts to space. (Reuters)

Gaganyaan mission: Four astronauts to begin 11-month training in Russia

  • In a statement, the minister of state for atomic energy and space said their training in Russia will start from the third week of January
  • The 10,000-crore ambitious project is expected to be launched in 2022

Representative image (Photo: AP)
Representative image (Photo: iStock)
In 2019, Cukier joined NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as a summer intern
In 2019, Cukier joined NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as a summer intern

This 17-year-old intern helps NASA find planet in habitable zone

  • Wolf Cukier's job was to examine variations in star brightness captured by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
  • The planet orbits in almost exactly the same plane as the stars, so it experiences regular stellar eclipses

Raja Jon Vurputoor Chari (Photo: @NASA_Astronauts on Twitter)
Light illuminates Mount Everest (C) during sunset in Solukhumbu district, also known as the Everest region, in this picture. (REUTERS)
Light illuminates Mount Everest (C) during sunset in Solukhumbu district, also known as the Everest region, in this picture. (REUTERS)

Is warming causing rise in vegetation around Mount Everest?

  • The increase is ‘small’, but ‘significant’, stated the scientists from University of Exeter, United Kingdom who led the research
  • The rate of ice loss in the region has already doubled between 2000 and 2016 and water supplies are threatened as a result of climatic shifts

India will be fully funding its vaccination programme from 2022, despite an 80% increase in the cost of the programme. (Photo: Getty Images)
India will be fully funding its vaccination programme from 2022, despite an 80% increase in the cost of the programme. (Photo: Getty Images)

Govt should ensure adequate funds for immunization programmes

  • Immunization is considered the backbone of the health system
  • In addition to saving lives, vaccination can free families from catastrophic health spending and lost earnings by preventing illness and the need for treatment

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