PUNE: The amount of black carbon or soot, a potential cancer-causing substance, has been gradually increasing over Pune city since 2005, shows a study conducted by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM).

Soot is a human carcinogenic which is considered second only to carbon dioxide in causing climate change or global warming.

ISRO’s heavy-duty rocket with indigenous cryogenic booster blasts off successfully, injects GSAT-14 into orbit

India joined the big league of space powers at 4.35 pm today when its mega launcher, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle or GSLV-D5, powered by sophisticated rocket technology, including for the first time an indigenously built state-of-the-art cryogenic booster, successfully blasted off from the Shriharikota (SHAR) launch pad in coastal Andhra Pradesh.

India’s reputation in rocket technology grew as its communication satellite, carried by the hard-to-perfect Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, took off successfully on Sunday.

Indian Space Research Organisation’s (Isro) Mission Readiness Review (MRR) team and the Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) have given the go-ahead for the launch of GSLV-D5 on January 5, 2014.

India’s first mission to Mars has successfully blasted off on its 300-day journey to the red planet. The Mars Orbiter Mission, or Mangalyaan, launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on 5 November. It is scheduled to start circling the planet and taking data in September 2014.

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Isro said that the launch will not be impacted due to a cyclone warning, which was given for the southern coast of Tamil Nadu

A day prior to the historic moment of launching its Orbiter to Mars, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has undertaken the propellant filling operation of Second Stage (PS2) in the spacecraft, which will carry Mangalyaan to Mars and hardware checks on the mission computers have commenced.

11.40 am: Second Stage (PS2) Propellant filling operations completed.

11.54am: All vehicle systems have switched on for the countdown starting at 6:08 hours (IST).

The Bombay high court order directing the state government to ban construction on wetlands can lend a lease of life to acres around the city’s coast where either construction or dumping of debris h

The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Urban Development Secretary to issue a circular to all civic bodies in the state, declaring a ban on any construction activity on wetlands which figure

To find out a permanent solution of waterlogging in southwestern Punjab, comprising Muktsar, Fazilka and Faridkot districts, the Drainage Department will take help from the Indian Space Research Or