National/ Front Page
- ISRO flight-tests scramjet engine, joins elite club – India on Sunday became only the fourth nation to flight-test a scramjet engine, a technology that scientists claim could change the way space travel is undertaken. Though the full development of the engine, for an “air breathing” propulsion system that significantly reduces the amount of fuel needed to fire up engines on a rocket, is “decades away”, this is a milestone for the Indian Space Research Organisation.
- Manohar Parrikar leaves for U.S., logistics pact may be signed – India and the U.S. are expected to formally sign the long-pending Logistics agreement as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar departed on a four-day visit to the U.S., his second in eight months. The text of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), which allows both sides access to each other’s military facilities for refuelling and replenishment, was finalised during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington in June.
- Amid growing protectionism, global trade ministers to meet – Trade ministers from various World Trade Organisation (WTO) member nations are slated to gather at the Norwegian capital, Oslo, in October to discuss the need for further liberalisation of global trade amid growing protectionism.
Editorial / Opinion
- Securing the Scorpene – Submarines are generally shrouded in opacity given the intrinsic nature of the underwater domain they operate in and the traditional secrecy that surrounds them as a platform. This rule of thumb was given a startling turn last week when The Australian newspaper put out certain documents reported to be part of a 22,400-page tome pertaining to the Indian Scorpene submarine currently being built in collaboration with the French company DCNS
- Surrogates are workers, not wombs – The recent law just sees the surrogate mothers as victims, and not as dignified workers.