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  1. FO says Pakistan, in strongest possible terms, condemns India?s state-sponsored surveillance and spying operations
  2. Less than two weeks before the start of the opening Test against England, Virat Kohli and Co received good news as wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant joined the Indian team after recovering from COVID-19. Pant had tested for the dreaded virus on July 8 and was put in mandatory isolation for at least 10 days, as per the local guidelines. Although he tested positive for COVID-19, he hadn’t developed any symptoms and his progress was being closely monitored by the BCCI medical team. © Reuters In their absence, KL Rahul played as a wicket-keeper and went on to score a fighting century, helping Team India post a respectable first innings total after a shaky start. After warming the bench during the World Test Championship final, Rahul knew the importance of the match and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands, leaving Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri with a huge selection headache. View the full article
  3. Prithvi Shaw had a rather great return to the Indian cricket team with a ‘Player of the Match’ worthy performance which included him scoring 43 runs off just 24 deliveries, which included nine fours and gave the Men in Blue the desired start to the innings. View this post on InstagramThe confidence with which he was playing his shots, directing the ball towards the ropes and backing up his partner and team captain Shikhar Dhawan, allowed him to get lauded by the fans from all over the country. Among those, was one special lady, Prachi Singh, who is rumoured to be dating the 21-year old Indian opener. View this post on InstagramAn actor, and a self-taught dancer, Singh shared a couple of stories from her Instagram account titled ‘Prithvi “Showstopper” Shaw’ and going on to calling him “the best”. She also went on to address Shaw getting the ‘Player of the Match’ award. Who Is Prachi Singh?Born in Mumbai on July 22, 1995, Prachi made her acting debut back in 2019 when she played the role of Vanshika Sharma on a television serial Udaan. Ever since, she has been making waves on social media with her belly dancing videos, which she claims to have learnt completely on her own. View this post on InstagramShe is a Mumbai University graduate and is currently working in another show titled Indiawaali Maa which essentially revolves around a mother-son relationship. The rumours of Prachi being Shaw’s girlfriend began due to the social media interaction taking place between the actor and the cricketer for the past couple of months as fans began to speculate a close relationship between the two. View this post on InstagramPrithvi Shaw Disappoints In Second ODI Shaw’s performance in the second ODI wasn’t nearly as impressive as the one before that. Although the young cricketer started batting in his usual, aggressive manner, scoring three fours in the first 10 balls that he faced, he was bowled out by Wanindu Hasaranga for just 13 runs on the final delivery of the third over. View this post on InstagramAs a result, Team India found themselves in a bit of a mess with the scoreboard reading 116/5 at one point and the chances of winning the match looking extremely bleak. Thankfully, an unexpected and heroic performance coming from the bat of Deepak Chahar and resistance provided by vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar allowed the duo to help the squad rally towards a win. View this post on Instagram With an unassailable 2-0 lead, India have already won the series and will be taking on the hosting Lankan squad in the third and final match on July 23, 2021, with the hopes of getting a complete whitewash. View the full article
  4. TikTok might make a comeback in India soon, according to a trademark filing by its parent company ByteDance. The company has filed for a short-form video app with the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks. TikTok was one of the first few Chinese apps that were banned in India in June last year. © solen-feyissa-unsplash The app was removed from the Google Play and App Store and wouldn’t work even if the app was already installed in smartphones. Due to the ban, companies like Instagram and Facebook introduced a similar feature to fill the void left by the app. However, the new app will probably launch under a different name i.e. “TickTock” on July 6th according to the filing. The filing was discovered by tipster Mukul Sharma on Twitter and later verified by multiple outlets. The new trademark has been filed under the Class 42 of the Fourth Schedule to Trade Mark Rules, 2002, which is meant for “scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.” © amanda-vick-unsplash ByteDance has been reportedly in talks with the government to relaunch the app and its Chinese owners also reassured the Indian government that it will follow the new IT Rules as required. ByteDance appointed its chief nodal and grievance officer in India in 2019 which is a pre-requisite for any social media app that has over 50 Lakh users. © solen-feyissa-unsplash At the time of its ban, it was estimated that the app had around 20 crore users in the country. However, with the recent launch of Battlegrounds Mobile India, it would be fair to assume that ByteDance may want to take a similar route for the relaunch of the social media app. As of now, ByteDance has not officially confirmed the relaunch of the social media app in the coming weeks. It is unclear whether the new app could also be banned again especially since it was banned on the grounds of threatening the “sovereignty and integrity” of the country during the border clashes with China last year. View the full article
  5. India's official tally of more than 414,000 deaths is the world's third-highest after the United States and Brazil
  6. Apple Music users in India can finally access Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos as the service has now rolled out in India. The service comes to India after weeks of its initial announcement at WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference). It has now been enabled from the backend for Apple Music subscribers in India and works on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV 4K. How Does Lossless Audio WorkIn order to enable the feature, users will have to go to Settings > Music and enable the Dolby Atmos function. You can choose between Always On or Off and Automatic. Below the Dolby Atmos option, tap on the Audio Quality menu and tap on Lossless Audio. You can even set whether you want to stream Lossless audio over Wi-Fi and/or Cellular. It is worth pointing out that Lossless Audio on iPhones/iPads works natively via the in-built speakers or by connecting a DAC for wired earphones and headphones. © omid-armin-unsplash For Mac users, you can listen to Lossless audio with a wired connection provided you’re updated to macOS 11.4. You can stream Lossless audio to wired earphones, receivers or powered speakers. You can also listen to lossless audio on the built-in speakers. To enable Lossless audio, you need to open the Music App > Click Menu bar > Select Preferences > Playback tab > Audio Quality > Lossless > Turn on or off. You can choose between Lossless for 24-bit/48 kHz or Hi-Res Lossless for a maximum resolution of 24-bit/192 kHz. It is worth highlighting that Bluetooth earphones including Apple’s own do not support Lossless audio. This is because the Bluetooth standard does not support Lossless audio which is why it is limited to in-built speakers and wired audio devices. iPhone users can use the Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter as it has a DAC that supports up to 24-bit/48 kHz lossless audio. How Does Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio Work © giorgio-trovato-unsplash The Dolby Atmos feature on Apple Music provides an immersive audio experience with true multidimensional sound and clarity that comes from all around and from above the listener. Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos works on Apple AirPods Pro and AirPods Max and provides an audio experience as if the speakers are moving with you. The headphones track your head movement in relation to the position of your device i.e. the iPhone or iPad. Which Devices Support Dolby Atmos In order to run Dolby Atmos, your device needs to be updated to iOS 14.6. With the exception of iPhone SE, iPhone XR and above support Dolby Atmos in Apple Music. iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later), iPad Pro 11-inch, iPad (6th generation or later), iPad Air (3rd generation or later) and iPad mini (5th generation) are also compatible. How To Know Which Track is Lossless Audio or Supports Dolby Atmos © Apple When browsing Apple Music, for every track or album that supports Lossless Audio or Dolby Atmos, you will see a badge on the album’s detail page. There are cases where some songs only support Dolby Atmos and not Lossless Audio. Both new features are available to Apple Music subscribers at no extra charge. View the full article
  7. Several New Delhi-based diplomats appeared on India's list of potential targets for phone hacking from 2017-2021
  8. After making his captaincy debut, Shikhar Dhawan is already being compared to the mainstream Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli when talking about the two cricketers’ ability to lead a squad. Dhawan has captained in only one freaking match. Just one. He did well and these people have already started badmouthing virat kohli's captaincy. Unreal agenda man. pic.twitter.com/bsGBgint0g — Akshay (@theakshay18) July 19, 2021 I think India is losing some best captaincy material like Dhawan, Rohit, earlier Gambhir, Raina in the era of great captains like Dhoni and Kohli — Divanshu Rawat (@rawat_divanshu) July 18, 2021 Dhawan Captaincy >>> Kohli Captaincy #SLvIND #INDvSL #INDvsSL — MSR (@itz_chillax) July 18, 2021 We’ve got to agree that it was a substantial victory for Dhawan to start his journey as the leader of the locker room. After wrapping up the hosts for a mere 262-run total in the first half of the first ODI, the Indian batsmen chose aggression over subtlety and ended the match with 80 deliveries and seven wickets to spare. The young batters like Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan looked completely comfortable and were allowed to play their aggressive games from the beginning (as both opened their respective innings with boundaries) and went on to score big runs in very few deliveries. View this post on Instagram Additionally, the Indian bowlers, especially the spinners got to create magic on the field and the much-anticipated return of Kul-Cha (Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal) to the roster after two whole years was met with a lot of success. Not only did Dhawan read the pitch nicely, he also brought in the spinners at the right time to scalp five wickets when the Men in Blue needed it the most. Individually also, Dhawan looked in absolute control. While playing second-fiddle to Shaw and Kishan initially, the southpaw decided to take charge and finish the match with his own two hands as he struck an unbeaten 86 while taking the final run and bringing home the first win of the series. View this post on Instagram On the other hand, Virat Kohli, the captain of the A-String of the Indian cricket team, suffered a massive loss when his team was crushed by the New Zealand cricketers in the final of the World Test Championship. He has been questioned by the critics for getting the team selection wrong for the WTC final (playing Ravindra Jadeja over Shardul Thakur), his name has come up more than once in backstage politics, he’s being blamed for trying to make Cheteshwar Pujara look like a scapegoat and he hasn’t been the best version of himself as a batsman for a while now. Is Shikhar Dhawan a better captain than Virat Kohli? Absolutely not. It's quite funny that some fans, after yesterday's match saying Dhawan's leadership >>> Rohit and Kohli. These people are never satisfied. Plastic Kirket experts imo. — Priscilla 🇮🇳 (@priscicktgirl) July 19, 2021 The biggest factor while comparing the two and their performances as skippers in the very limited sample size we have at the moment has to be the competition they faced. In the latest contest, Kohli went against the best Test side in the world at the moment, who had the advantage of getting accustomed to the England weather way before the Indian players did. Not to forget the extremely unforgiving conditions during the final that kept changing the required conditions on the pitch and the ground, rendering Indian spinners almost useless by the end. Yes, he has been struggling to put on a show with the bat but remains one of the top-5 batsmen in Tests, second in ODIs and fifth in T20Is which shows that he’s still a world class athlete. View this post on Instagram Whereas, Dhawan faced a Sri Lankan team with their marquee players suspended after being found to be flouting the COVID-19 protocols in the United Kingdom. Also, the spin-friendly Asian pitches also played a huge part in bringing success to Chahal and Yadav. Shikhar Dhawan did exceedingly well to lead a young team to a confident and one-sided victory and there is no second-guessing that. However, to compare with someone like Virat Kohli, even in his current state is outrageous and not even Dhawan would want this to happen. View the full article
  9. The first of three ODIs between India and Sri Lanka concluded a lot sooner than scheduled, not because of bad weather or light but because of how quickly Shikhar Dhawan and his boys chased down the total. View this post on Instagram As soon as the match was over, the fans of the Indian squad were on social media, trying out every single method possible to call out the former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga for his condescending words towards the “second string” of the Men in Blue before the series had begun. "This is a second-string Indian team and their coming here is an insult on our cricket. I blame the current administration for agreeing to play with them due to television marketing needs," Ranatunga told reporters, according to PTI almost a couple of weeks before the first ODI took place. If they feel it is a second team, that is their feeling, We are here to play Sri Lanka, it counts as an international match. 🇮🇳 Shikhar Dhawan (On Ranatunga referring them as 'B' team)#SLvIND #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/6Xy4vjx0Dn — The Cricket Alert (@TheCricketAlert) July 17, 2021 "India sent their best team to England and sent a weaker side to play here. I blame our board for that," said the former Sri Lanka skipper. There were 80 balls left in the Indian innings when Dhawan took the single to end the night on a rather mellow note, especially after the beatdown organised by names like Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan for the hosting side’s bowlers. View this post on Instagram Soon after the Indian spinners were able to do significant damage to the Sri Lankan batting order and restricted them to a total of 262-run total, the beginning of India’s batting domination came from the blade of Shaw who opened his innings with back-to-back boundaries. Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Dhananjaya de Silva, you name the Sri Lankan bowlers and Indian batter was determined to send their deliveries across the boundary rope every single over. In a ‘Player of the Match’ winning performance, the 21-year old smashed a thunderous 43 off just 24 balls. View this post on Instagram Then came the ODI debutant and birthday boy, Ishan Kishan who picked up where Shaw left and went on to add another 59 runs to the Indian total in 42 balls to get himself a special half-ton as a fantastic birthday gift. To keep things flowing, Dhawan, who consciously played second-fiddle to Shaw and Kishan’s destruction, decided to go ballistic and remained on the pitch till the very end and scored an unbeaten 86 to win the game on a humble note. View this post on Instagram It will be rather interesting to see if Ranatunga decides to make a comment about the one-sidedness of the match. It will also be worth watching how the Sri Lankan squad responds to the defeat during the second ODI on July 20, 2021. View the full article
  10. The International Cricket Council(ICC) announced the groups for The T20 World Cup scheduled to be held later this year in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The biggest talking point of the announcement was that arch-rivals India Pakistan were pooled in the same Group 2. This year’s tournament will be played in two stages. The first stage will be a qualifier from where four teams will reach the Super 12 stage. Besides six associate nations, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will also compete in the qualifiers after they failed to earn automatic qualification through their T20I rankings. © Reuters England, Australia, South Africa, the West Indies, and the two qualifying nations form the Group A, while India and Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and two other qualifiers were placed in the Group B. After the ICC’s announcement, fans from both the countries were over the moon with the prospect of watching the two South Asian neighbours clash once again at the biggest stage. Scenes at the @ICC office right now#T20worldcup pic.twitter.com/Z4wPrIutbI — Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 16, 2021 Cricket is the most popular sport in both the countries and the rivalry between India Pakistan is second to none in the world but sadly the fans have to wait for the multi-nation tournaments to see their side take on each other. India and Pakistan last faced off in the 2019 World Cup in England where Virat Kohli’s men came out on top, thanks to a brilliant century by opener Rohit Sharma. In fact, India is yet to lose a single World Cup match against Pakistan and given the past record, fans began celebrating yet another win. #T20worldcup #ICC India and Pakistan in the same group. One more mouka mouka celebration for India. pic.twitter.com/oQQ4pm5gjq — Imran Saiyyed (@SaiyyedImran) July 16, 2021BREAKING: India and Pakistan to clash in the Super 12 round of ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021. #T20WorldCup Le ICT fans:- pic.twitter.com/ZdWKz8OfHU — TANGENT (@pra_tea_k) July 16, 2021Icc after putting india and Pakistan in same group to increase ticket sales and trp:#T20worldcup pic.twitter.com/Wu5Oiinze9 — Last Human (@pLastHuman) July 16, 2021While most of the fans thought India were placed in a comparatively easier group, some were worried with the fact that New Zealand were also pooled in the same group and their concern definitely had some ground. India’s last two knockout defeats came against Kane Williamson’s side and supporters wanted to avoid them at all cost. India lost to the Kiwis in the semi-final of the 2019 ODI World Cup, while their latest heartbreak came last month when the Blackcaps came out on top in the World Test Championship final in Southampton. When you get to know: Pak is in our NZ is also in our Group. Group.#WT20 #T20worldcup pic.twitter.com/SIoY7r2Zub — Shubham (@Walkingmiless) July 16, 2021People are happy that india and pakistan are in same group. India can beat pak easily..#T20worldcup But, india will have to face either west indies or england in semi-final ☠️☠️ Situation of indians rn ; pic.twitter.com/9V4YtTDH7L — Naman (@ama_joking) July 16, 2021QualifiersGroup A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Namibia Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Oman Super 12 Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, Winner Group A, Runner-up Group B Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Runner-up Group A, Winner Group B The last time India lifted the T20 World Cup trophy was way back in 2007 when a young team led by MS Dhoni shocked the world by winning the inaugural edition in South Africa. India and Pakistan were placed in the same group in the first-ever World T20 and we all know how things turned out. View the full article
  11. The groups have been selected on the basis of team rankings as of 20 March 2021, says ICC
  12. WhatsApp blocked at least two million accounts from India according to its latest compliance report released by Facebook. What’s interesting is that WhatsApp blocked two million accounts in just a month from May 15th to June 15th according to the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform. © Pexels/anton WhatsApp blocked these accounts using automated technology. The messaging app blocks around eight million accounts a month around the world. Between May 15 and June 15, the company received around 345 complaints from India out of which the company acted against 63. There were a range of complaints including problems with accounts, product services such as payments and safety issues. While WhatsApp is complying with the new IT Rules in India, the company has challenged the Government’s order on traceability which is also part of the monthly grievance compliance report. This is the first time WhatsApp has published a grievance report in India and is now the fourth company to do so after Google, Facebook and Twitter. “We are an industry leader among end-to-end encrypted messaging services in preventing and combating abuse,” WhatsApp said in its report. “In addition to our safety features and controls, we employ a team of engineers, data scientists, analysts, researchers, and experts in law enforcement, online safety, and technology developments to oversee these efforts. We enable users to block contacts and to report problematic content and contacts to us from inside the app. We pay close attention to user feedback and engage with specialists in stemming misinformation, promoting cybersecurity, and preserving election integrity,” it added. Out of the 2 million accounts banned by the platform, it is worth pointing out that 95 percent of the accounts that were banned had made “unauthorized use of automated or bulk messaging.” In its report, WhatsApp also talked in detail about all the mechanisms the company uses to tackle bans. The company said that the abuse detection method works in three stages—during registration, while messaging and in response to negative feedback from user reports and users blocking an account. © Pexels/anton WhatsApp also said that it relies “on available unencrypted information including user reports, profile photos, and group photos and descriptions, besides deploying advanced AI tools and resources to detect and prevent abuse on our platform” WhatsApp’s latest report comes as a part of the India Monthly Report under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. We can expect to see similar reports every month henceforth where the company will disclose all of the actions it has taken against spammers and other accounts that violate its rules. View the full article
  13. A day before the players were supposed to gather in the team bio-bubble, it has emerged that at least one Indian cricketer has tested positive for the Coronavirus and is currently under isolation. The 20-day break sanctioned by the BCCI ends on Thursday and the players will reassemble in Durham ahead of their three-day warm-up game against a County Championship XI team which begins on July 20. © Twitter Virat Kohli The player who has tested positive for COVID-19 is asymptomatic and will not join the rest of the squad until he returns a negative test. A lot of questions were asked when the BCCI had granted a 20-day break to the Indian cricketers after a disappointing loss in the World Test Championship final but the board didn’t pay heed to any of them. © Twitter Jasprit Bumrah Enjoying their freedom, the Indian players roamed around the United Kingdom with their friends and families -- while some explored the countryside, others attended live sporting events. When the BCCI sanctioned the break, the coronavirus cases were on the decline in the UK but the local government relaxed up the coronavirus guidelines paving way for mass gatherings at various sporting events and soon things changed as cases began to rise exponentially. Going to be an unreal experience courtside. Let’s play @DjokerNole v @MattBerrettini #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/QGDbEzYNB1 — Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) July 11, 2021 It should have been enough for the players to refrain from going into crowded places but they didn’t care and went ahead with their plans. Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hanuma Vihari and head coach Ravi Shastri were among those who were seen attending either a Euro 2020 match or a Wimbledon game. Good experience watching ️. 󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 vs 🇩🇪 pic.twitter.com/LvOYex5svE — Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) June 30, 2021 While the BCCI hasn’t revealed the name of the player, Cricbuzz has reported that the player was seen at crowded places during the three-week break and may have got the infection there. As soon as the news broke out, experts and fans took to the micro-blogging site and expressed their views. A majority of them pointed fingers at the BCCI’s negligence, which didn’t object to players attending live matches despite knowing that the cases were rising steadily in the country. Going to be an unreal experience courtside. Let’s play @DjokerNole v @MattBerrettini #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/QGDbEzYNB1 — Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) July 11, 2021 Harsha Bhogle, one of the most respected names in the broadcasting industry, said it was only inevitable as no strict protocol was being followed. Echoing the sentiments of millions of fans he added that if nothing changes there will be more cases in the future. “An Indian player tests positive. Inevitable. Unless there is a strict protocol during the tests for both teams, there will be more cases,” Harsha Bhogle wrote on Twitter. An Indian player tests positive. Inevitable. Unless there is a strict protocol during the tests for both teams, there will be more cases. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 15, 2021 Fans blamed the BCCI for turning a blind eye to the changing reality and questioned why it didn’t issue any fresh set of guidelines when the number of cases began to rise. If ever there was lack of common sense - this is it! Delta variant was spreading in UK. Players / coach still continued to travel to Euros / Wimbledon and click pics without mask!? Does BCCI / Team Manager have no control over team management? If only STUPIDITY had a name. — Indrajit.Ghose (@IndrajitGhose6) July 15, 2021Nowadays there is no discipline in team India. Sack ravi shashthi, bring kumble or dravid sir as a head coach. These 2 kodi players go for photoshoot and making tiktok videos. Worst phase of Indian cricket.@SGanguly99 @JayShah o chacha dekh lo idhar. — Berlin🇮🇳 (@Berlinshelby321) July 15, 2021Indian players were given permission for vacation. But the management should have strictly insisted them to not be in over crowded places. — Nandha Kumar (@nandhajfk) July 15, 2021Only one? Going by all the pictures posted by our cricketers, I am surprised not more have picked up that thing... — NGR (@NGR_blr) July 15, 2021Is there no info on the name or was it deleberately kept confidential. Anyways the way Indian team players were roaming aorund as if there is no tomorrow, this was on the cards. Rishab Pant I am guessing. — Subh (@subhadeepdas14) July 15, 2021Shocker to be honest. Do BCCI, Sourav Ganguly have no control on team mamnagement?! It is a crisis. Even one or two key players OUT means could cost a Test series. Could spread the virus among team. What was need to go Euro / Wimbledon which are crowded places??!! — Indrajit.Ghose (@IndrajitGhose6) July 15, 2021Before the coronavirus hit the Indian contingent, England’s men’s team was rocked by multiple Covid cases just before their limited-overs series against Pakistan and had to overhaul their entire squad at the eleventh hour. View the full article
  14. For some reason, many people get offended whenever Indian space enthusiasts speak of just how cheap or pocket-friendly India’s space programme is. © BCCL We have sent missions to the moon and to Mars for less money than it took Warner Brothers Pictures to make the 2013 film, Gravity, and trust us when we say, this is actually a matter of pride, more than people realise. © BCCL The thing is, that when commercial space transportation is concerned, India’s Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO, is already miles ahead of any of its major competitors, including NASA. © Reuters So in the future, when commercial space transportation becomes mainstream, India has a huge advantage. We may very well become the international hub for all sorts of commercial space transportation. Do keep in mind, we are not talking about space tourism, like Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. © Virgin Galactic Here are 5 reasons why we think, India and ISRO may emerge as the global leader in commercial space transportation. 1. The Operational Cost © BCCL If there’s one thing that ISRO does really well better than any other space research organisation, it has to be working within a shoestring budget. Take NASA’s Curiosity Rover & ISRO’s Mangalyaan Missions. India sent a satellite to Mars, in its first attempt, and becoming the only country do so, with a budget of $71 Million. In contrast, NASA spent over $3 Billion for its Curiosity Mission. The 2021 mission, Mission Perseverance, which uses a lot of spare parts from the Curiosity Mission, will do so, with about $2.5 Billion. 2. The Cost Of Cargo © ISRO One of India’s most successful rockets is the PSLV, or the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. It has a rather small capacity in terms of volume, and can only carry less than 4000 kgs as cargo. In contrast, NASA’s upcoming rocket, the SLS can carry about 70,000 kgs in a single launch. And yet, India is preferred by countries that have no launch capabilities. Why? The PSLV costs about $25 Million for every launch, and the cargo costs about $6600 per kg. NASA’s SLS requires about 2 Billion for every launch, meaning, the cost of 1kg of Cargo is about $29,000, over 4 times more expensive than ISRO’s PSLV. 3. The Reliability © BCCL Saying that India has one of the most reliable launch platforms in the world would be an understatement. The PSLV is one of the most successful rockets in the world, with over 50 successful launches. Moreover, the PSLV has launched over 340 satellites, from 36 different countries. The PSLV also holds the record for successfully placing the most number of satellites into a sun-synchronous orbit in a single launch. 4. The Future In GSLV MK3 © BCCL ISRO will be moving to the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle or GSLV MK3. Space geeks should take note that the Mark3 is a completely different launch vehicle than the MK1. By moving to the MK3, ISRO will increase its cargo capacity to about 10,000 kgs and will bring down the cargo cost to about $5000, making it even cheaper than PSLV. 5. The Favourites © BCCL Private players and other foreign space agencies alike, are betting big on ISRO’s capabilities for space transportation and for very good reasons. A part of that has to do with the fact that over the years, ISRO has massively improved upon its reliability and launch capabilities. Also, ISRO’s budget has only increased, that too exponentially over the last 10 years, and almost doubled. In contrast, NASA’s budget hit its peak 50 years ago and has seen reallocations and deductions, ever since. The bottom line… While NASA may have made a name for themselves over the last few decades, ISRO’s rise has been tremendous. Barring SpaceX and their Falcon rockets, no other space organisation comes close to ISRO’s frugality and its ability to operate on a budget. And let's not forget, SpaceX is a private enterprise. If ever space research and travel is opened to genuine private players, who have set their priorities on making commercial travel even cheaper, instead of making a quick buck, we’re pretty sure they can outperform SpaceX. View the full article
  15. "Due to intense fighting near Kandahar city, India-based personnel have been brought back for the time being," says India
  16. He visited India after whiffing a taste of Indian butter chicken in New Zealand, only to come here and fall in love - with both the country and a woman he ended up marrying here. Karl Rock, the famous YouTuber with almost 1.79 Million followers had always been in awe of India, its culture and the people up until recently, when he was denied entry back into the country, keeping him from his wife and family. On Friday, July 9, the YouTuber alleged that the Indian Government had conspired to 'blacklist' him from entering the country, without so much as an explanation or a chance for him to question their decision. The entire matter, which was highlighted in one of his vlogs on his channel on YouTube titled, ‘Why I Haven't Seen My Wife in 269 Days #Blacklist’, has already garnered over 5 lakh views and more than 25 thousand comments. Karl Rock claims in the video that the Indian government ended up cancelling his visa last year but refrained from telling him the reason behind this ‘blacklisting’. Highlighting how he hasn’t seen his wife in all of 269 days and counting, he goes on to talk about the several attempts he and his wife made over the past few months to resolve the issue, but hit a dead end. The YouTuber has now decided to move to the High Court by filing a petition, and has even asked for public support on the matter. Karl Rock also tweeted about the matter, marking New Zealand president Jacinda Arden to call for her support. He even started an online petition to gather support and help resolve this matter. Almost 85K people have signed his online petition till now. Dear @jacindaardern, the Govt. of India has blocked me from entering India separating me from my wife & family in Delhi. They blacklisted me without telling me, giving reasons, or letting me reply. Please watch my struggle https://t.co/dq0Z98SCFw @NZinIndia @MukteshPardeshi pic.twitter.com/sLM2nk9lR3 — Karl Rock (@iamkarlrock) July 9, 2021 Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry has denied any claims of blacklisting Karl and stated how his entry being denied is in fact a matter of a visa violation. An official was quoted saying, “He was on a tourist visa but engaging in business activities.” Meanwhile, people on the internet are divided on the matter, for many are claiming it had to do with him participating in anti-CAA support protests. Even though the YouTuber has deleted any video he posted of attending an anti-CAA protest, a lot of evidence supporting his presence during the protests still lingers on the internet. Here is how people on Twitter are reacting to the development: Maybe GOI is worried you spent too much time in Pakistan and now you're coming back as their agent? — Shivank Aggarwal (@lueroi453) July 9, 2021First tell us what did u do for being on blacklist? I am pretty you mist have done something. Without reason GOI cant block you. We need hear both sides of story — Ramesh sajjan and 976 others liked your reply (@CKMKBXi) July 9, 2021It's sad but I guess it's because you visited our enemy country pakistan that didn't go well with the Indian government , anyone who comes from Pakistan or has a travel history of pakistan is viewed as a spy and vice versa same thing happens in pakistan too — अवनीश शर्मा 🇮🇳🕉️ (@sarmah_avanish) July 9, 2021Bjp must be Angry that you exposed so many scammers. — nmn mj 🇮🇳 (@RashtraDad) July 9, 2021Sad Life https://t.co/8NUQDHntlT — 🇰 3.0 (@Indefinite_007) July 9, 2021Next time don't participate in protests on tourist visa, read the terms and conditions of visa carefully. Say hi to the real inhabitants of NZ - the Maori ,whom your ancestors ki#led and occupied their land. — Rashy10 (@RashfordTen) July 9, 2021Should have learned about law of land also while you were learning Hindi — Ruuu 🇮🇳 (@Ruuu_Dra) July 9, 2021Le Indian govt - pic.twitter.com/dxoHLcr52k — thejadooguy 🇮🇳 (@JadooShah) July 9, 2021 View the full article
  17. Americans and Hollywood movies would like to make people believe that whenever aliens from outer space visit the earth, they only visit or attack the USA. This has become a meme of sorts over the years. After all, they truly are the leaders when we speak of conspiracy theorists. © Universal Pictures India too, however, has its fair share of conspiracy theorists and they believe that India was visited by aliens from outer space, many many years before the US even existed. Some Indian conspiracy theorists believe that aliens came to India about 10,000 years ago. © BCCL The reason why they believe this to be true is a series of paintings that have been found in the caves of Charama, in Chhatisgarh. Now, before you dismiss them off, they will present you with volumes of evidence. © Reuters Here are 5 reasons why Indian conspiracy theorists believe that aliens visited India 10,000 years ago, and maybe, just maybe, why they might be right. The Humanoid Shapes © BCCL The cave paintings at Charama are not like your usual cave paintings. They certainly are a whole lot different from what people have seen at Lascaux in France. The one thing that sets Charama apart is the fact that their cave paintings show distinct forms of human-like figures. One of them can be assumed to be representing the local people who lived in the area about 10,000 years ago. The other humanoid figures are actually much closer to what we have come to recognise as aliens. The aliens also seem to wear some sort of headgear or a helmet. The Flying Saucers © BCCL The Charama rock paintings also have figures of flying saucers. What’s interesting is that the shapes have a very eerie resemblance to some of the most common flying saucers that we have seen in pop-culture and documents that conspiracy theorists all around the world cite when speaking of flying saucers. They even had the antennae and the “landing gear” that movies based on aliens have shown. Proximity To Another Such Site © BCCL Charama by itself is probably the only site of its kind that has aliens as cave paintings. But what makes things even more interesting, is its proximity to Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad, another set of caves where similar paintings have been seen. Charama and Hoshangabad are actually roughly 250 kilometres apart. One interesting thing about the Hoshangabad paintings is that the ‘aliens’ there have large, humongous eyes as compared to their heads, and they have actually painted them. The Timing & Carbon Dating Of The Paintings © Reuters The Charama paintings were discovered in 2014. Upon discovery, several researchers and conspiracy theorists gathered and studied those paintings. A few scientific communities even managed to get the paintings dated by a process called carbon dating. While some of the paintings are about 2000 years old, most of them are actually 10,000 years old. Remember the one with the flying saucer? That one is said to be one of the oldest paintings in the cave. NASA’s SilenceIn 2018, NASA was actually roped in to study these paintings. They even sent out a team to collect some materials. However, nothing was ever heard from them, at least by the public. This has only fueled India’s conspiracy theorists, that NASA, at the behest of global leaders doesn’t want the public to know about aliens. The bottom line… Whether you believe in aliens or not, Charama and Hoshangabad are actually quite cool places to visit. Not only do they have some ethereal caves, but they also have quite a good number of tribal paintings. That by itself warrants a visit. And if you do believe in aliens, well, then a journey to this place should be nothing short of a pilgrimage. View the full article
  18. It’s been over a week since Arjuna Ranatunga created a huge controversy by calling the visiting Indian team a “weak side” and since then, people have presented their varied opinions on the matter. The latest name to pop up on the matter is that of former Sri Lanka opener Aravinda de Silva, who has rejected Ranatunga’s comments and said that have a strong pool of players and it would be foolish to label the visitors as a second-string side. How is #TeamIndia beating the heat ️ and staying in Sri Lanka? We go behind the scenes to find out ️#SLvIND pic.twitter.com/wUNk8FBp5q — BCCI (@BCCI) July 7, 2021 In fact, he admitted that it would be a challenge for Sri Lanka to beat this Indian team and if they managed to do that, it would boost their confidence going into the T20 World Cup later this year. “There is no way we can call this a second-string Indian side. India have enormous talent and this side is as good as any. In fact, it will be a challenge for us to beat this Indian team," De Silva said, during a virtual group instruction ahead of the ODI series. © Twitter/BCCI "We can take enormous amount of confidence going into the T20 World Cup (later this year) if we can beat India,” he added. The coronavirus pandemic has disturbed the international calendar and given the travel restrictions imposed all over the world the BCCI has, for the first time, decided to field two separate teams in different parts of the world and De Silva feels it will become the norm in the near future. "This is a second string Indian team and their coming here is an Insult on our Sri Lanka cricket. I blame the current administration for agreeing to play with them due to television marketing needs." - Arjuna Ranatunga (Told Reporters) — CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) July 2, 2021 “I guess I won't blame anyone for changing squads and sending different squads on various tours, that I guess is going to be the future,” said De Silva, who played a key role in Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup triumph. Initially, India was supposed to play only three matches against Sri Lanka but the BCCI agreed for three additional matches upon the request made by the island nation’s cricket board. © Reuters There is no affluent board in world cricket than the BCCI and showing bigger heart it agreed to the SLC President Shammi Silva’s request and helped which would help them earn Rs 89.7 crore. Instead of thanking the BCCI, Ranatunga had slammed his own cricket board for hosting a weak Indian side and became a thorn in the eye of many Indian supporters. Johns, What is your Playing XI for the first match? — ʜᴀʀꜱʜ𝟒𝟓™🇮🇳 (@HarshRo45__) July 9, 2021Aravinda does not know cricket ! - Arjuna Ranatunga — Wanderer (@Unknown40436578) July 9, 2021ARJUNA RANATUNGA RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/D1ZQ4vEYGx — SQUARE_LEG_UP (@EDGED___DROPPED) July 9, 2021But who said this is b team except ranatunga This is our white ball specialist team — Ravi Desai 🇮🇳 Champion ICT (@its_DRP) July 9, 2021De silva shutting his old friend🤣🤣 — Poojith (@Poojith91227500) July 9, 2021 "This is a second-string Indian team and their coming here is an insult on our cricket. I blame the current administration for agreeing to play with them due to television marketing needs," Ranatunga told reporters, according to PTI. "India sent their best team to England and sent a weaker side to play here. I blame our board for that," said the former Sri Lanka skipper. View the full article
  19. Rishabh Pant’s stocks have risen exponentially in the last six to seven months and now, he is one of the first members on the team sheet in all three formats of the game. It’s hard to imagine that he was dropped from the limited-overs side last year and started the Test series against Australia as a backup keeper. That probably was the lowest point of his career but now, he has overcome that bad phase and has cemented his place not just as a wicket-keeper but also as a batsman who can turn things around with his attacking play in no time. © Instagram/Rishabh Pant Impressed with his growth in the last few months, the former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh sees Pant as the potential candidate to take over the captaincy of the Indian team in the future. Pant is only 23 but he has experienced so many ups and downs in his international career and has learned his lessons the hard way by repeating the same mistakes again. © Reuters Yuvraj was glad that Pant was able to convert his critics into admirers by playing some memorable knocks under pressure and guiding India home in difficult conditions. "I am very glad, that you are saying he is very mature and he is a find for India because I felt he got a lot of criticism after the ways (in which) he got out. So, it is good to listen to some positive words for him. I totally agree with you. Rishabh has proven that he is a match-winner. In tough conditions like Australia, the way he batted and the way he got a brilliant hundred against England as well. He is probably a key (player) in the middle order," Yuvraj told TOI. © Instagram/Yuvraj Singh Due to his attacking flair, Pant is often compared to Australia great Adam Gilchrist, and Yuvraj also concurred that the left-handed batsman has all the qualities to impact a Test match just like the former Australian wicket-keeper. "I see someone, Rishabh Pant, like Adam Gilchrist who can change the course of the game. Gilchrist changed the course of the game in Test cricket when he came onto the scene. And I feel Rishabh can do the same," said Yuvraj, who won the Man of the Tournament when India lifted the 2011 World Cup. View this post on Instagram "I also see Rishabh as a potential Indian captain in the future. Because he is jumpy, chirpy, and talks around. But I feel he surely has a smart brain as well because I saw him when he was captaining in the IPL for Delhi Capitals. He did an incredible job. So, people should look at him as the next captain of the Indian team in the coming years," Yuvraj said while describing what makes Pant the right candidate to lead the Indian team. While there is no set criteria for what makes for a great leader, captaining any international side is a different ball game altogether than leading a local state team or an IPL franchise. It’s a high-pressure job and requires a lot of patience. © Reuters While backing Pant, the explanation Yuvraj gave was a bit weird as he said Pant was well-suited to lead the side “because he is jumpy, chirpy, and talks around” and it made us thinks these can't be his plus-points as no skipper has succeeded at the international level with these specific qualities. Pant has his whole career left ahead of him and comparing him to someone like Gilchrist based on a few good knocks is a bit too early and ex-cricketers like Yuvraj should refrain from doing such comparisons as it puts unnecessary pressure on the player and might affect their game adversely. View the full article
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