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Soumya Pillai covers environment and traffic in Delhi. A journalist for three years, she has grown up in and with Delhi, which is often reflected in the stories she does about life in the city. She also enjoys writing on social innovations.

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Fasting, feasting: The science behind intermittent fasting

Once touted to be the wonder drug for weight loss and healthy living, the method has recently faced flak for raising the risk of cardiovascular disease

Experts point out that while the short-term benefits of intermittent fasting are proven, there is not enough research on the impact in the long run.(istockphoto)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 06:16 PM IST

Isro successfully conducts 2nd landing test of Pushpak in Karnataka

ISRO successfully conducted the second landing test of its RLV, Pushpak, from the Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) in Challakere near Chitradurga in Karnataka.

Pushpak, a Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV-TD), makes a landing autonomously with precision on the runway after being released from an off-nominal position at Aeronautical Test Range in Chitradurga. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 23, 2024 07:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

After Chandrayaan-3, Isro eyes return moon missions

Isro is gearing up for a return lunar mission, where samples from the Moon will be brought back for the first time.

On August 23 last year, the Indian space agency created history by successfully landing the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft near the lunar south pole, a feat that had not been achieved by any other country. (Reuters)
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 04:56 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Isro identifies 48 backup points for safe return of Gaganyaan astronauts

In an ideal situation, Gaganyaan is marked to land in Arabian Sea where Indian agencies will be stationed to rescue the crew and the module, officials said.

Out of the four astronaut designates, three will be selected to fly in the final mission. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 04:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

PM names 4 astronauts for Gaganyaan mission

Introducing the astronauts to the world for the first time, Modi said they were the “four forces” who will carry on their shoulders the aspirations of 1.4 billion people of India

The astronauts were awarded “Antriksh Yatri Pankh” (astronaut wings) by the Prime Minister at a ceremony on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 05:48 AM IST
By, New Delhi

PM Narendra Modi announces names of astronauts for Gaganyaan space flight mission

The four astronauts are -- Prashanth Balakrishnan Nair, Angad Prathap, Ajit Krishnan, and Shubhanshu Shukla

The final mission will carry a crew of only three astronauts. (Narendra Modi | Official X account)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 03:43 PM IST

Isro launches INSAT-3DS satellite to improve weather forecast

The mission carried satellite for the India Meteorological Department as part of its series of climate observatory satellites.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) successfully launched the INSAT-3DS meteorological satellite onboard a GSLV-F14 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 02:56 AM IST
By, New Delhi

India developing a new Earth system model to improve forecasts, track climate crisis impacts

The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology is developing a first-for-India Earth System Model to improve climate forecasts and predict climate impacts. The model is expected to be completed by 2025 and will provide reliable future projections of global and regional climate, including Indian monsoon rainfall. The model will integrate various components of the Earth system, such as the atmosphere, ocean, land, ice, and biosphere, to estimate climate under different conditions. The development of the model is part of the government's focus on addressing climate change issues.

The model will also generate reliable future projections of the global and regional climate, and particularly the Indian monsoon rainfall. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Interim Budget 2024: Corpus of 1 lakh crore to fund technology research

Presenting the Union interim budget for the 2024-25 financial year, Sitharaman said innovation was the foundation of development

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman leaves the finance ministry ahead of the presentation of the interim budget in Parliament. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 02:11 AM IST

Sitharaman announces Jai Anusandhan scheme to finance tech research

Union minister Jitendra Singh said a corpus of ₹1 lakh crore will be set up to promote innovative startups and establish an ecosystem of research and entrepreneurship

 <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>477 crore was allocated for the National Quantum Mission. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 01, 2024 06:24 PM IST

Intense heatwaves increase mortality rate, says new study on 10 Indian cities

In India, heatwaves typically occur from March to June, and in some rare cases, even extend till July

A woman cools off at Fontana della Barcaccia at the Spanish Steps in Rome during a heatwave across Italy in July, 2023. (Reuters)
Published on Jan 31, 2024 03:15 PM IST

Chandrayaan-2 cameras help Japan confirm accuracy of lunar landing

Isro scientists said Chandrayaan-2 orbiter has been providing crucial data from the Moon for nearly five years now

This image provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)/Takara Tomy/Sony Group Corporation/Doshisha University shows an image taken by a Lunar Excursion Vehicle 2 (LEV-2) of a robotic moon rover called Smart Lander for Investigating Moon, or SLIM, on the moon. (JAXA/Takara Tomy/Sony Group Corporation/Doshisha University via AP)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 04:29 AM IST

PNDT committee defunct for 6 months, Delhi govt cites ‘grey areas’in admin

The Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) committee in Delhi has been inactive for the past six months, causing delays in procurement of new machines and centers in government and private facilities. The proposal for reconstitution of the committee is pending approval from the chief secretary of Delhi and the lieutenant governor. The absence of the committee has affected the operations of diagnostic centers in the city. This has led to longer waiting times for basic radiology tests in government hospitals, causing inconvenience to poor patients.

New Delhi, India-Aug. 1, 2019: Patients seen outside emergency ward building during protest by resident and junior doctors against the introduction of National Medical Commission (NMC) bill in Rajya Sabha, at India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital, in New Delhi, Thursday, Aug 1, 2019. (Photo by Amal KS/ Hindustan Times) (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 05:34 AM IST

First tests for Indian Space Station expected next year: ISRO chief

Last year, Isro confirmed that before the final space station is set up in 2035, the space agency will be setting up a preliminary version in 2028

Isro scientists said the Bharatiya Antariksh Station will serve as a gateway to interplanetary missions for India. (ANI file photo)
Published on Jan 18, 2024 04:37 PM IST

9th edition of India International Science Festival inaugurated in Faridabad

The ninth edition of the festival will celebrate the achievements of various Indian scientific institutions around the theme – ‘science and technology public outreach in Amrit Kaal’

Union minister of science and technology Jitendra Singh (PIB Photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2024 05:59 PM IST

Isro eyes Feb launch for key INSAT-3DS satellites

Isro officials said that the launch was previously planned for January, but it is now likely to happen in February

Crucially, this will be the first launch of the GSLV in around eight months. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 12:56 AM IST

For Gaganyaan astronauts, Isro may opt for Russian-made spacesuits

Documents reviewed by HT show the Gaganyaan mission, which is India’s first manned spaceflight, will see Isro suiting up the three Indian astronauts in Russian spacesuits

Isro chairman S Somanath said earlier this month that 2024 will be the “year for Gaganyaan” (FILE/REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on Jan 12, 2024 08:56 PM IST

Data fine, interpretation faulty: Why IMD gets forecasts wrong

The problem, experts say, is not the technology or the models – but simply the interpretation of data by weathermen

A man, wrapped in a blanket, walks down a road during a cold winter day, in Gurugram on Wednesday.(ANI)
Updated on Jan 11, 2024 08:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi govt notice to GTB Hospital for turning patient away

The dismissal of the resident doctor has created a furor among doctors’ associations which have called this move a “face-saver” by the government

HT Image
Updated on Jan 10, 2024 05:06 AM IST

Aditya-L1 data to start pouring in soon

A senior Isro official said that all the seven key instruments were activated in a phased manner between Saturday and Sunday

The space agency launched the spacecraft on September 2 (PTI)
Updated on Jan 09, 2024 02:55 AM IST

Aditya-L1: 127-day journey paves way for crucial data on space weather

Aditya-L1 will have a mission life of at least five years and findings collated in this period will be significant

From L1, the spacecraft will be able to see how particles and radiation from heightened solar activity has an effect, while also studying the outer surface of the star in close detail. (CESSI / IISER-Kolkata)
Updated on Jan 07, 2024 08:02 AM IST
By, New Delhi

India’s star rises

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the achievement as “landmark” as he congratulated the scientists for their “relentless dedication”

Aditya-L1
Updated on Jan 07, 2024 06:02 AM IST
By, New Delhi

LG calls for CBI inquiry into ‘fake tests’ at Delhi Mohalla clinics

The AAP government in Delhi said the LG’s move only vindicated its stand against bureaucrats in the health department

New Delhi, India - April 9, 2023: VK Saxena, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi inspects the innovative steps taken vy authorities to clean the supplementary drain opening in Yamuna River at Wazirabad in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, April 9, 2023. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 05, 2024 05:20 AM IST

Plan to launch at least 12 missions this year: Isro

This year marks India's 'Gaganyaan' mission, its maiden human space flight, aiming to transport three astronauts 400km above Earth's surface.

ISRO's PSLV-C58 carrying an X-ray polarimeter satellite and 10 other satellite lifts off from the spaceposrt of Sriharikota, Monday, Jan. 1, 2024.(PTI via Isro)
Updated on Jan 02, 2024 04:55 AM IST

Isro begins new year with XPoSat success

The mission aims to study bright astronomical X-ray sources, including Black Holes, to understand the nature and behavior of celestial objects.

The PSLV lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota with the XPoSat on Monday. (AFP)
Updated on Jan 02, 2024 01:25 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Isro draws up ambitious plan for 2024, says will launch at least 12 missions

Isro conducted a record seven missions in 2023 including the historic landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the lunar south pole, and the launch of India’s first sun observatory, Aditya-L1

Sriharikota: ISRO's PSLV-C58 carrying an X-ray polarimeter satellite and 10 other satellite lifts off from the spaceposrt of Sriharikota, Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_01_2024_000019B) (PTI/VIA @isro)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 08:07 PM IST

Delhi’s lone JN.1 Covid-19 patient has recovered, says minister

The Centre has directed states to send samples of all positive Covid-19 test swabs for whole genome sequencing

Health experts have warned against the possible spread of Covid-19 during New Year revelry. (HT PHOTO)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 01:58 AM IST

Decade-long data from Antarctic station released

Officials said that scientists have found that the total electron count (TEC) in the ionosphere peaks in the region during equinoctial months.

The findings are based on recordings between 2010 and 2022 at the Bharati station. (HT Archive)
Updated on Dec 28, 2023 01:35 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi reports first case of Covid's new sub-variant JN.1

A senior Delhi government official said a patient tested positive for the JN.1 sub-variant and the report was sent to the union health ministry

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya at a Covid-19 review meeting in New Delhi on December 20. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 28, 2023 05:02 AM IST

Three launches in Q1: ISRO's upcoming missions in 2024

Isro had a fruitful year with seven successful launches, starting with the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle-D2 or the Earth Observation Satellite-07 launch in Feb

On August 23, Isro created history by successfully landing the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft near the lunar south pole. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 22, 2023 12:39 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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