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Category: Sci-Tech

NASA Replaces a Critical Computer on the ISS During Emergency Spacewalk

NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer are carrying out a spacewalk today, Tuesday May 23, to replace a computer system on the outside of the International Space Station that unexpectedly failed on Saturday. Whitson, commander of Expedition 51, is replacing the primary multiplexer-demultiplexer (MDM) data relay box used to control a number of systems on the ISS, including the solar arrays, radiators, cooling loops, and other equipment. The backup MDM is functioning properly and the astronauts are in no immediate danger, but until the new system is installed there will be no redundancy for a number of computer...

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India successfully launches South Asia satellite

6 May, New Delhi: In its biggest space diplomacy push, Indian launched a South Asia communication satellite on Friday from the spaceport of Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. The State-owned Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) rocket, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), carrying the 2,230 kg satellite GSAT-9, lifted off from the launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota at 4:57 p.m. local time (1127 GMT). ISRO, which has built the satellite for use by countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region, said GSAT-9 has been launched with an objective to...

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KMC to start online approval of house/building blue print

1 May, Kathmandu: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Office is to collect the signatures of service seekers online for the purpose of approving house or building blueprint. In this connection, the KMC is strengthening its online services intended at those seeking a permit to construct buildings/houses and it has already made a policy-level decision to this effect. Though the Office had switched to an e-system regarding the approval process for a blue print of a design of any physical infrastructure, currently the service seekers have to be present in person at the Office to sign on the approved document....

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U.S. spy agency abandons controversial surveillance technique

29 August, Washington: The U.S. National Security Agency said on Friday it had stopped a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect without a warrant the digital communications of Americans who mentioned a foreign intelligence target in their messages, marking an unexpected triumph for privacy advocates long critical of the practice. The decision to stop the once-secret activity, which involved messages sent to or received from people believed to be living overseas, came despite the insistence of U.S. officials in recent years that it was both lawful and vital to national security. The halt is among the most...

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Mobile postal service launched from today

28 April, Kathmandu: The General Post Office has begun mobile postal services to locals aimed at providing fast and prompt services. The office today began the services aimed at reaching the information to the doorsteps of the locals in Kathmandu valley. Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki today launched the service and urged all to make the postal service reliable and qualitative. He added that the Ministry was working out to make the postal service attractive and the first choice of the employees. The Information Minister added that such services would be extended in other parts of...

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China has 836 mln 4G users: ministry

26 April, Beijing: China had a total of 836 million 4G network users as of the end of March, up from 770 million three months ago, figures from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) showed Wednesday. Along with the rapid growth in users, Chinese 4G subscribers have also increased their use of data services, with the average 4G user consuming 1.28 gigabytes of data per month as of the first quarter, up from 1 gigabytes at the end of last year, according to the ministry. China has the world’s largest 4G network and is aiming to add...

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GSM service starts in villages beyond the reach of telecommunications service

24 April, Taplejung: A GSM Tower has comes into operation in Khewang village in Sirijangha Village Council – 7. The GSM (2G) service has started with the completion of the construction of the tower in the village, which had remained beyond the reach of the mobile phone service. The residents of Khewang, Yamphudin, Mamamkhe, Pedang, Tellok, Sidding, Mehel, Surumkhim and Limbudin have benefited from the newly introduced service. This is the first time a telecommunications tower has been built in the village. The villagers had earlier been relying on CDMA service and Ncell Tower located elsewhere. Before the villagers...

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Youths rebuild playing field by collecting funds on Facebook

24 April, Myagdi: In midst of increasing trend of manipulating the social networking site ‘Facebook’, the migrant workers from Myagdi have used it to raise funds and reconstruct a dilapidated playing field here. The youths from Myagdi in foreign destination countries for migrant workers raised funds to reconstruct the playing field owned by Kaulegauda Youth Club based at Beni Municipality – 9. MONA Qatar’s immediate past Chair, Ganesh Shrestha, led a committee to fundraise Rs 415,000 for revamping the playing field....

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More than 60 pct of Chinese read via WeChat

19 April, Beijing: A total of 62.4 percent of Chinese adults read via the popular messaging app WeChat in 2016, up 10.5 percentage points year on year, according to a survey released on Tuesday. About 68.2 percent of adults read digitally in 2016, up 4.2 percentage points than 2015, while 58.8 percent read paper books, only a 0.4 percentage-point increase, according to an annual poll on reading habits, which was carried out in 52 cities across the country. The survey, conducted by the Chinese Academy of Press and Publication, revealed that 66.1 percent of respondents read on their mobile...

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Two Russians, one American land back on Earth from ISS

11 April, Kazakhstan: Two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut touched down safely in central Kazakhstan Monday, following a 173-day mission aboard the International Space Station. “Touchdown confirmed,” said a commentator on NASA Television broadcasting the landing. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough was accompanied by Russian space agency cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko in the earthbound Soyuz MS-02 craft. The landing took place in bright conditions at around 1120 GMT (1720 local time) close to the Kazakh steppe town of Dzhezkazgan. Of the trio that blasted off towards the ISS together in October only Ryzhikov is completing a first...

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