Soumya Pillai

Soumya Pillai covers environment and traffic in Delhi. A journalist for three years, she has grown up in and with Delhi, which is often reflected in the stories she does about life in the city. She also enjoys writing on social innovations.

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AIIMS paper leak happened from exam centre in Rajasthan, not Delhi: Probe

On June 3, AIIMS conducted the Nursing Officer Recruitment Common Eligibility Test (NORCET-4) in various cities for the appointment of 3,055 nursing officers.

While CBI is carrying out a probe, AIIMS is conducting its own internal inquiry into the paper leak. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 10, 2023 05:08 AM IST

AIIMS services in Delhi hit by malware attack

Since the systems were impacted only for a few hours, there was no noticeable effect on patient care

The incident occurred seven months after AIIMS was hit by a ransomware attack on November 23, which wiped outpatient and research data from its primary and backup servers, and affected the premier institute’s services for around a month. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2023 11:50 PM IST

Chandrayaan-3 launch window opens from July 12: Isro chief

HT on May 22 reported that the launch of the much-awaited mission is likely to happen on July 12 and the lunar touchdown is expected on August 23.

Chandrayaan-2 was successfully launched and inserted into lunar orbit in 2019. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 04, 2023 02:13 AM IST

How NavIC aims to become a global navigation tool

In its present status, NavIC is competing with QZSS from Japan, which also targets only the Japanese and neighbouring regions.

NavIC is an independent stand-alone navigation satellite system. (ANI)
Updated on May 31, 2023 06:24 PM IST

India’s navigation system gets a boost after ISRO successfully launches NVS-01 s

The NVS-01 launch with GSLV after a failed attempt in 2021 will augment navigation system by providing accurate and real-time navigation, the space agency said.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches its advanced navigation satellite SLV-F12 and NVS-01, in Sriharikota on Monday.(ANI)
Updated on May 30, 2023 07:53 AM IST
By, New Delhi:

ISRO successfully launches GSLV-F12 with next-gen navigational satellite NVS-01

NVS-01 is the first of the second-generation satellites envisaged for the Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) services

NVS-01 satellite was injected precisely into a Geosynchronous transfer orbit (Twitter Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2023 02:36 PM IST

‘Study global warming impact, form climate adaptation plans’: Govt to states

States will have to formulate local climate adaptation plans, which will help create an expansive database on the impact of climate crisis.

All states need to formulate climate adaptation plans by studying the impacts of global warming (HT Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2023 05:15 AM IST
By, New Delhi

India develops first local test to detect flu, Covid in single swab

The Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV) has developed the kit, known as a multiplex single tube realtime RT-PCR test.

The test kit will use nasal and throat swabs of a patient (Representational image)
Updated on May 23, 2023 04:51 AM IST

Isro's Chandrayaan-3 launch likely on July 12

The mission's lunar touchdown, on the other hand, is expected for August 23.

Isro has started the process of assembly of payloads for Chandrayaan-3. (ISRO)
Updated on May 22, 2023 04:59 AM IST
By, New Delhi

G20 meet will help shape future climate talks: Experts

G20 summit will play a crucial role for future climate discussions and help shore up action required from both developed and developing countries, experts said.

From left: Ambassador of the delegation of EU to India Ugo Astuto; director general at the Centre for Science and Environment Sunita Narain; CEO of CEEW Dr Arunabha Ghosh; and CEO of ReNew Sumant Sinha, at the HT G20 Agenda in New Delhi on Thursday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Updated on May 24, 2023 08:08 PM IST

Mocha intensifies into extremely severe cyclonic storm: IMD

The India Meteorological Department has issued rain and storm warnings for Andaman and Nicobar Islands, parts of Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Assam on Saturday and Sunday

Cyclone Mocha is forecast to move north-northeastwards and cross southeast Bangladesh and north Myanmar coasts on Sunday. (AP)
Updated on May 13, 2023 06:48 PM IST

National Technology Day: PM Narendra Modi launches projects worth 5,800 crore

PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for LIGO-India, Hingoli; Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Jatni, Odisha; and Platinum Jubilee Block of Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi releases commemorative postage stamp at the National Technology Day function. (PTI photo)
Updated on May 11, 2023 01:35 PM IST

Five more cheetahs at Kuno Park to be released in the wild

The Centre has decided to release five more cheetah from acclimatisation camps into free-roaming zones at the Kuno National Park.

A cheetah strays into an agricultural field adjoining a village near KNP on April 2. (PTI)
Updated on May 09, 2023 12:46 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, , New Delhi

Frequency of intense heatwaves to rise further: Experts

Between 2031 and 2060, the likelihood of ‘mega heatwaves’, the area impacted by heatwaves and the population impacted by such conditions are likely to increase.

Last year, a Lancet report said that India recorded a 55% rise in deaths due to extreme heat. (HT/Vipin Kumar)
Updated on May 08, 2023 05:44 AM IST
By, New Delhi

ISRO's missions to moon, sun likely to take place in July

Chandrayaan is a series of outer space missions by Isro, and Aditya-L1 is India’s first scientific mission to study the sun

Chandrayaan-2 was successfully launched and inserted into lunar orbit in 2019. (PTI)
Updated on May 07, 2023 04:44 AM IST
By, New Delhi

IMD to release weather-wise hazard score for each state

A heat hazard analysis will be an annual exercise carried out by the IMD between March and June, when temperatures soar in various parts of the country.

Pedestrians at Mandi House in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2023 07:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

4-year-old swallows whistle, undergoes surgery at AIIMS

A four-year-old boy in India swallowed a whistle attached to a new pair of shoes he was given for Eid. His mother took him to Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences where doctors successfully removed the whistle. The institute sees 80 to 100 cases a year of children ingesting foreign objects that can block their airways, and is warning parents to monitor their children closely.

Doctors said the child is currently under observation. (File)
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 12:09 AM IST

Isro’s PSLV successfully places 2 Singapore satellites into orbit

The Isro) on Saturday successfully placed two Singaporean satellites, TeLEOS-2 and Lumelite-4, in orbit aboard the trusted Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, the space agency said.

Isro launched two Singapore satellites on board a PSLV from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in Sriharikota on Saturday. (ISRO twitter)
Updated on Apr 23, 2023 12:11 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Cabinet clears 6k-cr plan to scale up quantum research

The mission aims to place India in an elite club of nations that have developed quantum computing, senior officials of the ministry of science and technology said

HT Image
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 12:07 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Govt tells district admins to file daily Covid-19 reports

A senior official of the Delhi government’s health department said that all hospitals have been directed to submit daily health reports of patients admitted with Covid-19

Senior doctors in hospitals said that while the positivity rate in the city is spiking, the number of admissions is low, and the symptoms are mild to moderate. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 12:05 AM IST

AIIMS to launch internal navigation system for faster transit on campus

AIIMS officials said If a patient or a caregiver has to reach from point A to B, they will now be able to do so hassle-free. AIIMS has a large campus, and it often becomes difficult for patients to find their way.

AIIMS to launch internal navigation system for faster transit on campus
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 02:46 PM IST

College in rural Delhi wants basic security infrastructure

Some students alleged that there have been several instances of men throwing lewd notes over the dilapidated boundary walls of the college.

Bhagini Nivedita College near Najafgarh in New Delhi. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 11:50 PM IST

Doctors at Fortis Escorts conduct auto-liver transplant on Kyrgyz woman

Dr Vivek Vij said the patient was suffering from abdominal pain for the past three months

Dr Vivek Vij said during the surgery, the damaged part of the liver was successfully replaced with a normal part of the liver.
Updated on Apr 12, 2023 11:27 PM IST

Delhi’s Covid admissions, deaths low despite uptick

As many as 70% of the deceased were between 40 and 60 years of age, and a majority were vaccinated with two doses of Covid-19 vaccines, a health official said.

Only one patient who died of the infection on April 9 was reported as a case where the primary cause of death was Covid-19, according to government records. (HT Archive)
Updated on Apr 12, 2023 12:18 AM IST

450-bed isolation facility for Covid at Lok Nayak hospital in Delhi

Delhi reported 293 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the daily health bulletin of the state government. This was a sharp fall from Sunday’s numbers, when the city reported 429 infections

Health minister Saurabh Bhardwaj at LNJP hospital in New Delhi on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2023 12:09 AM IST

World Autism Awareness Day: Early detection, intervention can help patients

In India, approximately 18 million people suffer from autism, according to estimates.

April 2 is observed as World Autism Awareness Day. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), ASD, or autism, affects one in every 100 children. (Lubdhak Research Foundation)
Updated on Apr 01, 2023 11:49 PM IST

Above-normal temperatures in most parts of country till June: IMD

After a cooler March that saw unseasonal rains and hailstorms, April could be much hotter than usual, the IMD predicted on Saturday

Children cover their heads with a piece of cloth to protect themselves from the scorching heat on a hot summer day, in Surat on March 27. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 01, 2023 11:32 PM IST

ISRO successfully launches 36 satellites for OneWeb

This batch of 36 satellites by the UK-based OneWeb will be its 18th launch to date, its third this year and the second with ISRO

ISRO's Launch Vehicle Mark-III (LVM3) carrying 36 satellites for UK-based OneWeb lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Station in Sriharikota on Sunday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 26, 2023 10:24 AM IST

Delhi now has full MR vaccine coverage, say officials

According to officials, the month-long drive started with the aim to eliminate the two diseases from Delhi by the end of 2023. However, officials added that the government will continue the sweeping drives till March 29 to ensure that children who were left out are vaccinated

The Delhi government started a month-long MR vaccination drive for children on February 6. Looking at the high turnout, the government decided to extend the drive beyond March 6 across all 11 districts. (HT Archive)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 10:51 PM IST

AIIMS panel for intestinal transplants in Delhi

Senior AIIMS officials said while the programme is still at a nascent stage, the facility will be provided to recipients at a much cheaper rate as compared to their private counterparts

The facility will initially be for children and will later be extended to adults. (PTI)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 11:44 PM IST
By, New Delhi
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