New Delhi: US astronaut of Indian origin Sunita Williams will lead the Expedition 33 crew as the team will conduct experiments on survival on long duration flights for distant space journeys.
An officer with the US Navy, Williams, 46, took off from the iconic Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with fellow flight engineers Yuri Malenchenko from Russia and Akihiko Hoshide from Japan in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, NASA said in a statement. The three will join the Expedition 32 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday.
New Delhi: Steel minister Beni Prasad Verma on Sunday said NRI billionaire LN Mittal should stop "maligning" India and its government, asking why the steel baron was not setting up his plants in the country.
"He should stop maligning India and the Indian government. Why is he not beginning work on his projects," Verma said.
Washington: An Indian couple was awarded over USD 36 million by a US court in compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident with an 18-wheeler in 2010 during a visit to the country.
A Riverside County Superior Court jury awarded USD 36.48 million to Prakash Sheth, 64, and his wife, Jashiree Sheth, 58, from Mumbai, whose car was struck by a big-rig on Interstate 10 in Beaumont two years ago.
Melbourne: An Indian taxi driver was attacked, abused and his car was smashed, as a group of baseball bat wielding youth went about attacking and robbing cab drivers in Melbourne suburbs.
The gang ambushed and robbed five taxis in separate incidents in the western suburbs of Melbourne.
Beijing: Hindi, one of the foreign languages gaining popularity in China, will be making its debut in South China as Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou is set to open a Hindi chair to teach the language.
A Memorandum of Understanding for establishing a Hindi Chair at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), was signed on Monday between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the University. This is the first Hindi Chair established by the ICCR in South China.
New Delhi: The depreciating rupee has no doubt cast a cascading effect on the economy but the worst-hit are Indian students studying abroad or those planning for higher studies in foreign universities as they have to shell out more money compared to what it was required a year ago.
As the rupee has weakened by about 20 per cent since the beginning of the calender year, overseas education costs have also gone up almost equivalently.
Washington: Snigdha Nandipati, a 14-year-old eighth grader from San Diego, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday by correctly spelling 'guetapens', a French word for an ambush. Second place went to Stuti Mishra, a 14-year-old eighth grader from Orlando, Florida, who finished in second place after misspelling 'schwarmerei', a German word for excessive enthusiasm.
Arvind Mahankali, a 12-year-old seventh grader from Bayside Hills, New York, finished third for a second year in a row after failing to spell 'schwannoma', a kind of nerve cell tumor. The three were among nine finalists winnowed from 278 contestants who started the spelling contest on Wednesday.
Washington: In the end, it came down to an educated guess as to which Bavarian city located on the Danube River was a legislative seat of the Holy Roman Empire from 1663 to 1806.
Answer: The German city of Regensburg.
New Delhi: As the world braces for a probable Greek exit from the Eurozone as part of the latest development in the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis, it is prudent to take stock of the situation and of the effect it might have on India. It is only wise to be prepared for the worst after the unsavoury experience of 2008 and 2009 during which many professionals were laid off in different parts of the country though the economy was not significantly affected.
The resilience of the Indian economy is very often cited by many in advocating the 'India is insulated from the Eurozone crisis' theory. In my view, that is a myopic view. The 2008-09 global meltdown was a fallout of corporate greed, malpractices and lack of government control. Banks and companies collapsed for their own fault. While the band-aid came in the form of government bail-outs or, in simple terms, socialising private losses, one has to bear in mind that we are no longer looking at the prospect of failing companies or banks. We are looking at prospects of collapse of countries altogether.
New Delhi: US citizen of Indian origin Pradeep K Khosla, the dean of Carnegie Mellon University's engineering college, has been named as the 8th chancellor of the University of California, San Diego.
Khosla, an alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur's electrical engineering department, will replace Marye Anne Fox in August 2012.