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‘India’s record satellite launch ramps up space race’, Chinese media reported India’s triumph

According to a leading Chinese daily, India has done a better job than China in case of promoting satellite launch technology internationally

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N. Korea plans to launch several more satellites in the coming years. Wikimedia

Beijing, Feb 21, 2017:  A better job has been done by India in promoting satellite launch technology than China which could prompt Beijing to fast-track commercialisation of its rocket launches to vie for the world’s small satellite market, Chinese officials stated today.

According to PTI reports, “The launch indicated that India can send commercial satellites into space at lower costs, giving the country’s competitiveness in the global race for the burgeoning commercial space businesses,” said Zhang Yonghe, director with the new technology department of the Shanghai Engineering Centre for Microsatellites.

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China may think about fast-tracking the commercialisation of its rocket launches after the globally acknowledged success of India, Chinese officials were quoted as saying by Chinese-state run media in a report with the title ‘India’s satellite launch ramps up space race’.

The report mentioned Zhang feels that India did a better job promoting its launch services internationally than China.

Acknowledging that after reaching Mars ahead of China, India stole the limelight march by putting 104 satellites into orbit from a single rocket. “China will likely fast-track the commercialisation of its rocket launches to vie for the world s burgeoning small satellite launch market,” said Zhang.

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A Global Times report said, “The Wednesday’s launch is India’s latest triumph for its space programme”.

“In 2014, India became the fourth country to successfully send a spacecraft to orbit Mars, signaling a regional rivalry with China which suffered a failure in its Mars mission in 2012. Nearly all of its 103 smaller satellites are from other countries including Israel, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and the US,” it added.

After the successful operation by the Indian Space Research Organisation, the daily which is part of the ruling Communist Party of China publications had said the achievement made Indians proud but it sought to belittle the significance of the mission saying that its impact and influence will be “limited”.

Even though the record launch was praised as “India’s triumph”, today’s report pointed out “with respect to the research and development of both military and commercial rocket launch services, India lags behind China, the US and Russia”.

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The report quoted Zhang who said, “India cannot match them yet unless it has enough rockets types to fulfill all satellites launches.”.

Xue Lijun, general manager assistant of Shenzhen Aerospace Dongfanghong Development Ltd feels that India’s launch on Wednesday is a breakthrough in terms of numbers, but not in case of technology.

Xue told the Daily, “Technologically speaking, the launch did not have any big difficulties what [Indian engineers] need to do is to avoid the conflicts among satellites, which involves lots of calculation and data analysis, but is not a tough task”.

“The 104 satellites are mostly in the same orbit, indicating that India still lacks capabilities of sending multiple satellites into various orbits,” the “experts” were quoted as saying by the report.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)