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European space agency expects members to back ISS, ExoMars | Reuters

Updated : Nov 29, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

European space agency expects members to back ISS, ExoMars | Reuters

FRANKFURT Europe's space agency expects its member states to back major programmes such as the International Space Station and the ExoMars mission to the Red Planet this week, even if it does not receive the full 11 billion euros ($11.6 billion) of funding it is requesting, its director general said."If we get only 90 percent of the funding then this is not a catastrophe," Jan Woerner told Reuters in an interview ahead of a meeting in Lucerne on Thursday and Friday this week, at which ministers of the 22 member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) are to approve spending plans.ESA's investments over the coming years are to focus on a shift to what the agency calls "Space 4.0", in which big data becomes a key part of missions and privately owned space startups shake up the sector.A large portion of funding, at 1.6 billion euros, is to be earmarked for earth observation programmes, while another 1.2 billion is to be for telecommunications projects.ESA is asking for 800 million euros for Europe's participation in the International Space Station (ISS) through 2021 and wants approval to extend Europe's commitment to the space station through 2024. "From the discussions I have had so far with the member states, there was no member state saying we will close the European activity on the ISS #facebook #India #digital #Thomson Reuters #follow #corrections #reuters-info-channel
Trump to nominate Elaine Chao for transportation post - source | Reuters

Updated : Nov 29, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump to nominate Elaine Chao for transportation post - source | Reuters

WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to be his transportation secretary, a source with knowledge of the decision said on Tuesday.The source, who requested anonymity, confirmed the pick to Reuters. #facebook #India #digital #Thomson Reuters #follow-reuters #twitter-follow #corrections
Senior Chinese official calls for Hong Kong to oppose independence | Reuters

Updated : Nov 29, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Senior Chinese official calls for Hong Kong to oppose independence | Reuters

BEIJING China's government hopes Hong Kong will oppose independence, a top Communist Party official said on Tuesday in a meeting with a pro-Beijing group from the southern financial hub.Chinese leaders are concerned about a fledgling independence movement in the former British colony that returned to mainland rule in 1997 with a promise of autonomy, and recent protests in the city.The comments by Zhang Dejiang, the most senior Chinese official responsible for Hong Kong affairs, come after Beijing staged a rare interpretation of Hong Kong's mini-constitution, the Basic Law, this month to effectively bar pro-independence city lawmakers from taking office there.China's central government "hopes Hong Kong compatriots can clearly oppose Hong Kong independence, jointly safeguard Hong Kong's social and political stability" and "amass popular sentiment to seek development and promote harmony", Zhang told a delegation from a group called Silent Majority for Hong Kong.Zhang, who also heads China's parliament and is the third most senior Communist Party official, told the group in Beijing that China would safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests. #facebook #India #digital #follow #follow-reuters #reuters-info-channel
Water cut off to 650,000 Mosul residents after pipeline hit - official | Reuters

Updated : Nov 29, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Water cut off to 650,000 Mosul residents after pipeline hit - official | Reuters

By Ulf Laessing | MOSUL, Iraq MOSUL, Iraq Water supplies to about 650,000 residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul have been cut off after a pipeline was hit during fighting between the army and Islamic State militants, a local official said on Tuesday."The maintenance team cannot reach the pipeline because it lies in an area being fought over," Hussam al-Abar, a member of Mosul's Nineveh provincial council, told Reuters in one of the 15 districts and suburbs of the city where running water ceased.The news is a blow to authorities hoping that residents will stay in Mosul while U.S.-backed troops try to crush Islamic State in northern Iraq's largest city, which the militants seized in 2014."There is a big shortage of drinking water," Abar said. "We are facing a humanitarian catastrophe." Authorities were sending some 70 tank water trucks a day to areas controlled by the army but this would not be enough to supply residents, he said, adding that Islamic State had attacked some of the trucks."Basic services such as water, electricity, health, food are non-existent (in Mosul)," he said, standing in an eastern suburb while mortars fired inside the city.Six weeks after Iraq launched its military offensive to retake Mosul, the army's elite counter terrorism units have retaken about a quarter of the city as they advance from the east towards the Tigris river that runs through the centre. Some 1.5 million people were still inside Mosul, Abar said. #India #digital #Thomson Reuters #follow #follow-reuters #corrections
Nasscom's bleak outlook for IT sector: From lower jobs to Brexit impact

Updated : Jul 22, 2016

By : FP Staff

Category : Business

Nasscom's bleak outlook for IT sector: From lower jobs to Brexit impact

Nasscom's statements assume significance as the three major IT services companies of the country - Wipro, Infosys and TCS - have come out with a not-so-impressive earnings, giving rise to concerns about the jobs creation potential of the sector #social media #digital #IT sector #biotech #artificial intelligence #Nasscom #Automation #IT hiring #nanotech
Wipro, Infosys, TCS: What their earnings mean for the IT sector

Updated : Jul 20, 2016

By : FP Staff

Category : Business

Wipro, Infosys, TCS: What their earnings mean for the IT sector

The three IT earnings reveal continuing pain for the sector for some more time #Infosys #TCS #digital #artificial intelligence #cloud #jobs creation #IT sector earnings #Wpiro