Share your voice Military Space Comments French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly presents the government’s new plan Thursday. Emma Le Rouzic / Air Force While President Trump’s proposed US Space Force is held up on Capitol Hill, France’s military has its own plans to deploy weapons in space. French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly on Thursday laid out the country’s new space defense strategy, which includes deploying satellites with the means of disabling other satellites that pose a threat.”If our satellites are threatened, we intend to blind those of our adversaries,” Parly said, according to AFP. “We reserve the right and the means to be able to respond: that could imply the use of powerful lasers deployed from our satellites or from patrolling nano-satellites.”Last year, France accused Russia of flying one of its satellites a little too close to a French bird to spy on secure military communications. Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Cattaneo explained that using lasers as a means of defense is preferable to destroying aggressor satellites and creating countless new pieces of hazardous debris in orbit. Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a new space command within the country’s Air Force, an approach the White House is also working to implement in the US. Sci-Tech Tags
India’s environment court, the National Green Tribunal, has banned vehicles older than 15 years from the streets of New Delhi.The capital of the world’s second most populous country has been named the world’s worst polluted city by the World Health Organization.A government study estimates vehicle pollution accounts for almost three quarters of overall air contamination in teh capital, which gets exacerbated in the winter months when fog and vehicle emissions produce smog in record levels.While no incentive has been offered for abandoning the older models , the benefits of such a move cannot be ignored.The affected vehicles come from an era when India opened up her economy to global entrants, which saw Germany’s Opel, Ford Motors, Hyundai and Daewoo from South Korea, Honda and Toyota from Japan, Peugeot from France, Fiat from Italy, Rover from UK, among others.Until then, Indians were limited to the Hindustan Motors produced Ambassador or the Premier Padmini based on the Fiat 1100D, and the Maruti Suzuki 800, part of Japan’s Kei Car regulations for small vehicles. ReutersThe newer entrants took many a misstep and a few manufacturers left the country without ever tasting success, some by virtue of poor product choice and others due to poor management.The vehicles manufactured in the late 90’s had many a novelty, but hardly any safety features and their build quality was still in keeping with the benchmark of the then Indian car manufacturing, which was negligible. Except for the Maruti 800, which saw a 30-year long production run, other vehicles have seen spare parts dry up, and with it, the engineering talent that goes in maintaining the cars.Today, the country is one of the world’s fastest growing car markets. Every manufacturer, including luxury and sport cars, has a presence across the country.Delhi, by itself, is the largest market, accounting for 17% of all vehicles being sold in the country.If the ban is followed by strict and rigorous implementation, it would drive down the price of used cars, which could end up in semi-rural and rural areas. India continues to remain a country with low penetration levels of vehicle ownership. Statistics suggest that used cars are traded in the ratio of 1:1 of new cars.The vehicle market remains buoyant, while still not seeing heady days; it has recovered much since the Narendra Modi government came to power. India is also an export hub for manufacturers, earning the nation much valuable foreign exchange. ReutersAir pollution is a significant health hazard causing respiratory infections, heart disease, COPD, stroke and lung cancer.The WHO said Delhi had the world’s highest annual average concentration of small airborne particles known as PM2.5, following a study this year of 1,600 cities across the globe.The government, while in no condition to provide cash incentives, could consider cuts in tax and excise duties, allowing for a reduction in the entry cost of cars. The current drop in crude by as much as 40% and a helpful rate cut by the Central Bank should benefit the car buying market not only in the capital, but across the country.
Kolkata: The state government has taken the decision to upgrade three medical colleges in the state by introducing new facilities and at the same time, by developing infrastructure of many of the existing units.Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Malda Medical College and North Bengal Medical College and Hospital are the three state-run major health units, where infrastructure development will take place.As many as 704 beds will be increased, with 249 beds in Bankura Sammilani Medical College, 201 beds in Malda Medical College and 254 beds in North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. In a bid to ensure better health service, 1,453 posts have also been created and will be filled up soon, said Chandrima Bhattacharya, minister of state for Health. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedShe further said that infrastructure for plastic surgery, pediatric surgery, CTVS, dialysis unit, cardiology, general ICU, etc. will be developed in Bankura Sammilani Medical College. Different infrastructure will also be developed in Malda Medical College. In North Bengal Medial College and Hospital, there will also be infrastructure for plastic surgery, pediatric surgery and CTVS. There will be a nephrology unit in North Bengal Medial College and Hospital as well. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe cabinet on Thursday has also given its nod to set up 27 more General Nursing and Midwifery schools. At present, there are 89 such schools in the state. In a bid to ensure proper functioning of the 27 new schools, the cabinet has given its nod for creation of 891 posts. It will help solve the problem of shortage of nurses in the state.Meanwhile, Sashi Panja, the state Women and Child Development minister, said after the cabinet meeting that a decision has also been made to set up ICDS cells for each of the four newly created districts – Jhargram, West Burdwan, Alipurduar and Kalimpong.The cells will be supervising implementation of the ICDS scheme, National Creche Scheme and Scheme for adolescent girls. She stated that the Centre has reduced its share for the ICDS cells to 25 percent and the state is now bearing 75 percent of the project cost.The cabinet has also given its nod to set up Chitpur Railway Police Station, bifurcating the jurisdiction of Dum Dum GRPS.
April 17, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Love that song that’s playing but don’t know what it’s called? Apple’s next iOS may be able to help you figure out.The iPhone maker is reportedly partnering with Shazam Entrainment., whose app helps users identify songs by listening through a phone’s microphone and matching it to a database.The new feature will be integrated directly into the software and won’t require users to download a separate app, according to a report published by Bloomberg. Users will be able to access the feature through Apple’s voice activated search feature Siri.Related: 6 Ways to Extend Your iPhone Battery Life After Updating to iOS 7.1The new Shazam-based music discovery feature could be debuted as early as June 2 when Apple unveils iOS 8 at its World Wide Developer Conference in Cupertino, Calif.Shazam can already take credit for millions of song downloads from the iTunes store thanks to a built-in link. And with upwards of 90 million regular users, Apple’s move could be aimed at reinvigorating its overall music offerings, especially as download sales have slowed and users have gravitated more towards internet streaming services like Spotify and Pandora.Related: Apple Engineer Provides Rare Glimpse Into iPhone Invention SecretsLast year Apple introduced iTunes Radio, an ad-supported Pandora competitor with plans to take it international in the near future. The company is also thinking about making iTunes Radio a standalone app instead of as a feature within the iTunes store as it is today.Apple has also reportedly internally built a subscription based service to compete with companies like Spotify and Beats Music but has kept from releasing it to avoid hurting download sales.Related: Want to Text and Walk and Still See Where You’re Going? Apple Has a Patent for That. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Register Now »
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 26, 2014 2 min read Register Now » The Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday that police must obtain warrants in order to search citizens’ cellphones marks a bold support of privacy in a blurring digital era, and also provides a stunning glimpse into the trove of personal data typically found within such devices.The unanimous ruling “almost certainly also applies to searches of tablet and laptop computers,” reports The New York Times. And in addition to arrests, it may also “apply to searches of homes and businesses and information held by third parties like phone companies.”In the ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts explains how smartphones paint a remarkably holistic picture of our daily whereabouts, interests and habits. (12 percent of Americans even use their devices in the shower, he noted.)”Even the word cellphone is a misnomer,” Roberts wrote. “They could just as easily be called cameras, video players, Rolodexes, calendars, tape recorders, libraries, diaries, albums, televisions, maps or newspapers.”Related: Aereo Loses Supreme Court Case, Streaming TV Service Deemed IllegalBut just because we rely heavily on these mobile devices does not mean they should be any less protected than our homes or cars. “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which [America’s] founders fought.”The ruling comes as a major blow to government agencies, who have argued that warrantless searches ensure both protection and security of evidence. But Roberts wasn’t taking the bait. “Once an officer has secured a phone and eliminated any potential physical threats,” he wrote, “data on the phone can endanger no one.”He did state that officers have the right to secure a cellphone, remove the battery and place it in an aluminum bag to stop any sort of remote connection. And he also noted that if officers are in a “now or never” situation, they can search the phone under a clause within the Fourth Amendment that covers “exigent circumstances.”The ruling can be read in full right here.Related: This Startup Aims to Warn You About Spying Drones