An asteroid the size of a Boeing 747 airplane is set to cross the Earth's orbit at around 10.42 p.m. Indian Standard Time (IST) on Wednesday, according to NASA which expects that the space rock will not cause any harm to our home planet. As it crosses Earth's orbit, the near-Earth asteroid named 2020 RK2 will be about 38,30,238 kilometres from Earth. In terms of size, the asteroid is about 80 metres wide (which can be as big as Boeing 747) and travelling at 6.68km every second. Asteroid 2020 RK2 will be hurtling through space at a speed of 6.68 kilometres per second, which is the equivalent to 14,942 miles per hour. NASA estimates 2020 RK2 to be anywhere between 36m and 81m in diameter, and the equivalent to 118 to 265 foot wide. "NASA is tasked with discovering and tracking near-Earth #asteroids. Deep space survey and tracking technology is an area of collaboration between @NASA and @SpaceForceDOD," NASA Asteroid Watch, the Planetary Defence Coordination Office of the US space … [Read more...] about Airplane-size asteroid to cross Earth’s orbit around 10:42 pm
On the core issue of the Sri Lankan Tamil problem, the joint statement (external link) issued after the September 26 summit says, 'Prime Minister Modi called on the Government of Sri Lanka to address the aspirations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace and respect within a united Sri Lanka including by carrying forward the process of reconciliation with the implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed the confidence that Sri Lanka will work towards realising the expectations of all ethnic groups including Tamils, by achieving reconciliation nurtured as per the mandate of the people of Sri Lanka and implementation of the Constitutional provisions.' … [Read more...] about Why is Modi pushing Rajapaksa on the Tamils?
Terming the signing of BECA a “significant achievement,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the U.S. accepted an Indian request for “cooperation in the advanced field of maritime domain awareness.” As part of measures to enhance military to military cooperation Mr. Singh said now Liaison Officers at each other's establishments could be leveraged to enhance “information sharing architecture” while in the joint statement both sides “reiterated their intent to assign additional Liaison Officers.” … [Read more...] about India-U.S. 2+2 dialogue | U.S. to support India’s defence of territory
Over the next 12-18 months, the firm intended to scale up to 5-6 centres in Chennai. “By March 2021, we will add the next three centres,” Mr. Ramani said and added that the firm was looking at places, including Anna Salai, T. Nagar and Guindy. Plans were on cards to enter tier-2 towns in Tamil Nadu. Awfis currently had 67 operational coworking centres with 35,000+ seating capacity. It had 10 centres in Bengaluru, eight in Hyderabad, along with multiple centres in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, among other prominent cities across India. The firm intended to create workspaces with over 2,00,000 seats in 15 cities in the next 36 months. These centres would cater to large corporates, SMEs as well as start-ups. … [Read more...] about Chennai gets another player in the coworking space
The central government’s Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi said a significant increase in the number of fire points was observed over Punjab (around 3,000), Haryana and Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday which is likely to impact the air quality of Delhi-NCR and other parts of northwest India. … [Read more...] about Delhi’s air quality borders ‘severe’ category amid spike in farm fires in Punjab