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India's latest communication sattelite GSAT-17 successfully launched from French Guiana newsreporter.in
India's latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was today successfully launched by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana.
The European launcher Arianespace Flight VA238 blasted off from Ariane Launch Complex No 3 (ELA 3) at Kourou, a French territory located in northeastern coast of South America, couple of minutes delayed than the scheduled time of 2:29 hrs IST.
Govt clears not for revised 7th Pay Commission allowances, rates effective from July 1 newsreporter.in
The government on Wednesday gave its approval to the recommendations of the seventh Central Pay Commission after making 34 modifications, including a decision to retain 12 of the 53 allowances that were proposed to be abolished. The Union Cabinet accepted the modifications suggested by a Committee on Allowances set up by the government last year following the submission of the seventh pay commission report and an Empowered Committee of Secretaries constituted to screen the recommendations.
The implementation of the pay commission recommendations will cost the government an estimated Rs 30,748 crore per year. This is slightly more than the Rs 29,300 crore per year projected by the pay commission report. The extra Rs 1,448 crore accounts for the payment of allowances that the government has decided to retain against the advice of the pay commission. The decision to retain these allowances was taken keeping in view the specific functional requirements of Railways, Posts and scientific departments like Space and Atomic Energy, a government statement said. It is likely to benefit about 1 lakh employees working in these departments.
Malayalam Actor Dileep, Director Nadirsha quizzed for 12 hours in Actress Abduction Case newsreporter.in
KOCHI: Actors Dileep and director Nadirsha, along with the former's manager Appuni, were questioned for more than 12 hours on Wednesday by the investigating team of the famous actress abduction case.
The actors who reached the Aluva police club at around 12.30 pm for giving the statement were grilled late into the night till 1 am on Thursday, when they were allowed to go home. The actor reiterated that the SIT had taken an elaborate statement on the complaint of blackmailing which he filed.
Petya ransomware cyberattack cripples Europe, Impacts Operations at Mumbai Container Port newsreporter.in
A new and highly virulent outbreak of data-scrambling software — apparently sown in Ukraine — caused disruption across the world Tuesday. Following a similar attack in May , the fresh cyber-assault paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations in a dramatic demonstration of how easily malicious programs can bring daily life to a halt.
Ukraine and Russia appeared hardest hit by the new strain of ransomware — malicious software that locks up computer files with all-but-unbreakable encryption and then demands a ransom for its release. In the United States, the malware affected companies such as the drugmaker Merck and Mondelez International, the owner of food brands such as Oreo and Nabisco.
A Venezuelan police helicopter attacked the Supreme Court on Tuesday, ratcheting up a political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro condemned as a "terrorist" attack.
The 54-year-old socialist leader, who has faced three months of opposition protests as well as dissent from within government, said the helicopter shot at the judicial building and also threw some grenades.
The US on Sunday declared Syed Salahuddin, the chief of Kashmiri militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, as a "global terrorist", dealing a major blow to Pakistan just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first meeting with President Donald Trump.
In a notification, the State Department said Salahuddin, who hails from Kashmir and is based in Pakistan for the last 28 years, "has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism."
The US took the step against the militant group's 71- year-old head, whose original name is Mohammed Yusuf Shah, as he had "vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, and vowed to turn the Kashmir Valley into a graveyard for Indian forces".
Merchants selling goods through e-commerce platforms and companies supplying goods and services to various government agencies have got more time to prepare for a system of tax collected at source with the government on Monday deferring enforcement of this requirement under the goods and service tax (GST) regime which is kicking in from midnight of Saturday.
The requirement of collecting upto 1% of tax from online shoppers by e-commerce companies and a 1% deduction of tax when central, state or local self governments make payments to suppliers specified in central and state GST laws, will be “brought into force from a date which will be communicated later,” said an official statement here.
Hacker network Anonymous has made headlines today, this time claiming that NASA is on the verge of announcing evidence of alien life.
It's a pretty bold statement, but before you get too excited, we've checked the science, and let's be clear right up front that Anonymous doesn't appear to have any substantial new evidence to back up their speculation.
An oil tanker overturned and burst into flames as crowds rushed to collect fuel that spilled over on a highway in Pakistan's Punjab Province, killing over 150 people and injuring more than 140 others, in one of the deadliest accidents in the country.
The oil tanker coming from Karachi and headed to Lahore overturned early this morning on the national highway at the Ahmedpur Sharqia area of the Bahawalpur district, some 400 km from Lahore, after a tyre burst and the driver lost control.
At least six people were dead and 31 missing after a tourist boat sank in a reservoir in northwestern Colombia on Sunday, the country's president said. Authorities did not yet say what caused the four-deck Almirante to go down in the El Penol reservoir in the tourist town of Guatape, where Colombian and foreign tourists take leisure cruises. There are "six people deceased so far and 31 reported missing," Santos told reporters in Guatape, after the regional government earlier gave a death toll of at least nine.
An official in the National Risk Management Unit, Carlos Ivan Marquez, confirmed the toll of six separately to AFP. He said they were "all Colombians, and no minors."