Acting NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk has sought to not only land the first woman on the Moon but also the first person of colour under the Artemis programme.
The Artemis III mission is expected to launch the first woman and next man to the Moon in 2024.
The Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Administration submitted to Congress on Friday the president's priorities for fiscal year 2022 discretionary spending.
"The president's discretionary request increases NASA's ability to better understand Earth and further monitor and predict the impacts of climate change. It also gives us the necessary resources to continue advancing America's bipartisan Moon to Mars space exploration plan, including landing the first woman and first person of colour on the Moon under the Artemis programme," Jurczyk said in a statement on Friday.
"This $24.7 billion funding request demonstrates the Biden Administration's commitment to NASA and its partners who have worked so hard this past year under difficult circumstances and achieved unprecedented success," he added.
With a budget increase of more than 6 per cent from the previous year, NASA will continue to boost its ingenuity in exploration, technology, aeronautics and science.
NASA has welcomed the nomination of former Democratic Senator Bill Nelson as its next administrator, as the US space agency works towards the key Artemis III mission.
The Biden administration aims to Keep NASA on the path to landing the first woman and the first person of colour on the Moon under the Artemis programme.
"This goal aligns with President Biden's commitment to pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all," said the US space agency.
NASA has completed a crucial hot fire test of the core stage of Space Launch System (SLS) rocket which is designed to power future Moon missions under the agency's Artemis programme.
The successful test is a critical milestone ahead of the agency's Artemis I mission, which will send an uncrewed Orion spacecraft on a test flight around the Moon and back to Earth, paving the way for future Artemis missions with astronauts.
Fuel prices in the country remained unchanged on Saturday with oil marketing companies continuing on the pause mode and keeping petrol and diesel prices static for 11th consecutive day.
Accordingly, pump price of petrol and diesel remained at previous days level of Rs 90.56 and Rs 80.87 a litre, respectively, in the capital.
Petrol and diesel fell by 22 paisa and 23 paisa per litre respectively last week on Tuesday in wake global softening of oil prices. OMC have decided to pause price revision as they want to watch the crude price movement that has now fallen to around $62.5 a barrel from remaining above this level in much of the last week.
Across the country as well the petrol and diesel price remain static on Saturday but its retail levels varied depending on the level of local levies on respective states.
In Mumbai, petrol continues to be priced at Rs 96.98 a litre and diesel at Rs 87.96 a litre. Premium petrol, however, continues to remain over Rs 100 a litre in the city as is the case with several cities across the country.
The OMCs went on price cut for the first time this year on two consecutive days - March 24 and 25 after keeping oil prices steady for past 24 days. It again reduced the price on March 30.
Thereafter, fuel prices have remained unchanged.
Earlier, petrol and diesel prices increased 26 times in 2021 with the two auto fuels increasing by Rs 7.46 and Rs 7.60 per litre, respectively, so far this year.
Officials in public sector oil companies said that retail price may rise again if crude and product prices pick up but for now it will fall or remain static for few more days.
The provisional figures of direct tax collections for the financial year 2020-21 showed that net collections are at Rs 9.45 lakh crore.
The net collection is around 5 per cent higher than the revised estimates for the 2020-21.
The net direct tax collections include corporation tax (CIT) at Rs 4.57 lakh crore and personal income tax (PIT), including security transaction tax (STT) at Rs 4.88 lakh crore.
"The net direct tax collections represent 104.46% of the Revised Estimates of Rs 9.05 lakh crore of direct taxes for the FY 2020-21," said a Finance Ministry statement.
The gross collection of direct taxes, before adjusting for refunds, for the FY21 stands at Rs 12.06 lakh crore, including corporation tax of Rs 6.31 lakh crore and personal income tax (including STT) of Rs 5.75 lakh crore.
It also includes advance tax of Rs 4.95 lakh crore, tax deducted at source (including Central TDS) of Rs 5.45 lakh crore, self-assessment tax of Rs 1.07 lakh crore, regular assessment tax of Rs 42,372 crore, dividend distribution tax of Rs 13,237 crore and tax under other minor heads of Rs 2,612 crore.
The official statement noted that despite an extremely challenging year, the advance tax collections for FY21 stand at Rs 4.95 lakh crore which shows a growth of approximately 6.7 per cent over the advance tax collections of the immediately preceding fiscal of Rs 4.64 lakh crore.
Further, refunds amounting to Rs 2.61 lakh crore have been issued in the FY21 as against refunds of Rs 1.83 lakh crore issued in the FY20, marking an increase of around 42 per cent over the previous financial year.
Hyundai Motor said on Friday it will temporarily suspend another domestic plant next week due to an electronic parts shortage.
Hyundai will halt the operation of the Asan plant, 100 kilometers south of Seoul, which produces the Grandeur and Sonata sedans, from Monday to Tuesday, a company spokesman said over the phone.
Previously, the country's biggest carmaker said it would suspend the No. 1 plant in Ulsan, 414 km southeast of Seoul, which produces the IONIQ 5 all-electric car and the Kona subcompact SUV, due to a lack of chip parts from April 7-14.
The suspension comes amid a lack of semiconductor parts used in the Kona's front vehicle camera system and a problem in Hyundai Mobis Co.'s production line, which rolls out the traction motor for the IONIQ 5.
With the production suspension, the company expects production losses of 6,000 units of the Kona and 6,500 units of the IONIQ 5, reports Yonhap news agency.
On top of the suspension plans, Hyundai reduced overtime work on the first weekend of this month at the No. 3 Ulsan plant, which produces the Avante compact, due to a lack of electric control units (ECUs).
The carmaker will also cancel overtime work at the No. 3 Ulsan plant this weekend due to parts problems, the spokesman said.
Hyundai has seven domestic plants -- five in Ulsan, one in Asan and one in Jeonju -- and 10 overseas plants -- four in China and one each in the United States, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Russia, India and Brazil. Their combined capacity reaches 5.5 million vehicles.
A formidable player in the premium market in India, smartphone brand OnePlus has now listened to the gaming community in India — with 9R 5G that is offering smooth scrolling, immersive gaming controls with solid internals and better viewing experience.
The mobile gamers -- both entry-level and hardcore ones -- in the country seek solid internals to back up demanding games and the latest device in the OnePlus 9 series aims to deliver a fast and smooth flagship experience, featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon 870, 120Hz Fluid AMOLED Display and Warp Charge 65 technology for hours of seamless gaming.
The 6.55-inch OnePlus 9R 5G will be available in Carbon Black and Lake Blue colours for Rs 39,999 (8GB+128GB) and Rs 43,999 (12GB+256GB) from April 14 (for Amazon Prime members and OnePlus Red Cable Club members) while open sales will begin from April 15 across online and retail channels with some exciting offers.
Let us dig deeper into what the Lake Blue (12GB+256GB) variant has in store for the gaming enthusiasts.
First thing that will impress you is the 240Hz touch sampling rate, allowing you to simultaneously use up to five fingers for faster, smoother gaming.
Furthermore, the device features an "X-axis linear motor", which can be easily tuned to produce excellent dynamic vibration, simulating different styles of in-game vibrations to provide an immersive gaming experience.
It house dual stereo speakers that deliver an intense, life-like 3D soundscape, and Dolby Atmos audio further elevates situational awareness with augmented directional audio cues.
The OnePlus 9R 5G offers multi-layer cooling system so that the device does not heat ups during gaming.
The system uses a graphite and copper lined vapour chamber. The device also has 14 temperature sensors, constantly monitoring the temperature of the device, keeping the internals and the back of the device cool even when the game heats up.
Play ‘Crash Bandicoot: On the Run', ‘Dungeon of the Endless: Apogee' or ‘Abysswalker,' and the performance will leave you stunned.
Furthermore, the ‘Pro Gaming Mode' optimises the system resources and minimises unwanted distractions, so that games perform at their best.
While enabled, it restricted background apps, reduced lag and improved the overall gaming experience.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 mobile platform offers processing speeds that are 12.6 per cent faster than the previous generation.
In addition, the UFS 3.1 flash storage delivers nearly 3 times faster performance than UFS 3.0 and 10 times faster than a standard microSD card, surpassing even a PC-based SATA SSD running at 540 MB/second, empowering users to multitask with ease.
The ‘Warp Charge 65' technology claims to give a day's charge in 15 minutes, and fully charges from 1-100 per cent in just 39 minutes (In our case, it took nearly 45 minutes to fully charge the device).
The large 4,500mAh battery utilises an improved dual-cell design to cut down on the charging speed.
The quad main camera at the rear (48MP+16MP+5MP+2MP) features a customised 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor that ensures faster focus speeds and greater colour accuracy, reducing motion blur in videos.
The ‘Nightscape Mode' features intelligent multi-frame processing, adds clarity and detail to bright spots.
The main camera also features enhanced OIS for greater image stability.
The ultra-wide camera uses a 16MP sensor and a 123-degree ultra-wide angle that will allow you to capture good panoramic shots.
The device also features a 5MP macro lens, while a dedicated monochrome camera works with the main camera for detailed and layered black and white photos. It houses a 16MP selfie camera.
It runs OxygenOS 11, optimised for users to work seamlessly with the OnePlus 9R 5G. With ‘Turbo Boost 3.0' technology, the device enables users to have 25 per cent more apps opened in the background than before.
Conclusion: OnePlus 9R 5G is a game-changer as far as mobile gaming is concerned. It packs solid punch and offers a top-class premium experience.
For the core OnePlus audience and those on the Android ecosystem, the upgrade to this device will not only enhance gaming but also elevate overall work, streaming and social media experience.
The key Indian equity indices traded marginally higher on Friday morning amid largely choppy trade session.
At around 10.35 a.m., Sensex was trading at 49,860.96, higher by 114.75 points or 0.23 per cent from its previous close of 49,746.21.
It opened at 49,743.39 and has so far touched an intra-day high of 49,906.91 and a low of 49,499.99 points.
The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange was trading at 14,896.75, higher by 22.95 points or 0.15 per cent from its previous close.
Manish Hathiramani, technical analyst with Deen Dayal Investments said: "The resistance of 14,950 has worked accurately for the Nifty. We failed to close above it. We need to get past 14,950-15,000 for an up move to commence.
"Thereafter it should be a bullish market which can take the index to 15,300-15,400. If we break 14,500, we can tumble to 14,200-14,300. It is a situation which requires patience and discipline. Traders need to be cautious."
The top gainers on the Sensex were Titan Company, Hindustan Unilever and the State Bank of India, while the major losers were Bajaj Finance, NTPC and Asian Paints
Wearable brand Fitbit is investigating whether it can measure blood pressure with a new study for Sense smartwatch users.
Fitbit Sense comes with electrodermal activity (EDA) to measure daily stress and comes with a heart rate tracker, electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor and skin temperature sensors.
According to 9To5Google, Fitbit Labs is launching a blood pressure study this month to "potentially measure" Pulse Arrival Time (PAT), or the "time it takes for a pulse of blood to reach your wrist after your heart beats".
The company wants to "explore the potential link to tracking blood pressure" and needs a wider data set, the report said.
Previous research has found a correlation between PAT and blood pressure, but the correlation was not strong enough to predict blood pressure. These investigations were limited to either small data sets or specific environments like an intensive care unit.
According to the report, Fitbit Labs also found a correlation between PAT and blood pressure in a small, three-week internal study.
The new study will extend this work to a broader population in order to learn more about how PAT measurements change under a variety of conditions.
Sense owners over 20 in the US will receive a notification in the Fitbit app about this study.
If successful, the company sees having easy access to blood pressure readings as being potentially helpful for those with hypertension.
Buyers in Gurugram now will have to spend extra money while purchasing properties in upscale condominiums, licensed colonies and builder floors at the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) sectors. The district administration has increased the circle rates for 2021-22, which come into force from Thursday.
The rate of an upscale condominium like DLF Aralias, Magnolias and Camellias on Golf course Road has seen the steepest increase which have been increased by 25 per cent from Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 per square feet. At the same time, the rate of flats of more than a dozen multi-storey societies at Sohna Road, MG Road and Golf course Road have also been increased from Rs 8,000 to Rs 9,000 per square feet.
In the licensed colonies and independent floors in Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) sectors, the circle rate was increased by about 20 per cent from Rs 5,500 to Rs 6,500 per square feet. The rate of flats in Group Housing Cooperative Societies of HSVP sectors was hiked from Rs 3,600 to Rs 7,500 per square foot.
However, there is no increase in the rates of plots in the licensed colonies and HSVP sectors.
The flat rate of group housing societies of licensed colonies from Sector-15, 27, 28, 30, 3, 32A, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56 and 57 has been increased from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 per square feet. Similarly, the circle rate of flats in the Licensed Group Housing Society in Sector 58 to 63A has been increased from Rs 3,500 to Rs 5,000 per square feet.
"We have uploaded the proposed circle rates for the 2021-2022 fiscal year on our website. These rates will be implemented from April 8, 2021. Registry happening from Thursday will have to be done as per the new circle rate," said Basti Ram, the district revenue officer (DRO).
Meanwhile, the rates of industrial and IT sectors have not been changed. Apart from this, there has not been any change in the rates of licensed commercial buildings and markets. The rate of residential plots at Chandan Nagar and the Silokhera village in Gurugram has been increased from Rs 18,000 to Rs 42,000 and Saini Khera village from Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 per square yard.
"Amid corona the Delhi government reduced circle rates by 20 per cent and in Maharashtra by 4-5 per cent, but the Haryana government increased the maximum registry floor by 20 per cent. The group housing society rates have also been increased. The government and district administration should reconsider these rates," Ramesh Singla, president of Gurugram Home Developers & Plot Holders Association said.
With nearly 30 per cent of the population in the US now receiving at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, ride-hailing major Uber has now announced a $250 million stimulus to bring more drivers back on the road.
"After a year of shutdowns and staying in, Americans are getting vaccinated and cities are opening up -- and, as they do, Uber is starting to come back. As we recover, we want to reinvest in drivers," Dennis Cinelli, Vice President, US and Canada Mobility at Uber, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.
"We're launching a $250 million driver stimulus to boost already high earnings for drivers. Boosted incentives and guarantees will help welcome existing drivers back to Uber and ensure first-time drivers do well as they learn the ropes," Cinelli said.
Uber's ride-hailing business suffered significantly last year amid Covid-19 restrictions when many people had to stay at home to help contain the spread of the disease.
"In 2020, many drivers stopped driving because they couldn't count on getting enough trips to make it worth their time," reads the Uber blog post announcing the stimulus.
"In 2021, there are more riders requesting trips than there are drivers available to give them - making it a great time to be a driver."
Uber said it wants drivers to take advantage of higher earnings now because this is likely a "temporary situation".
As the recovery continues, the company expects more drivers will be hitting the road, which means that "over time earnings will come back to pre-Covid levels".
Several OnePlus 9 Pro users are complaining about issues of overheating. However, the company said that it is a known issue and a fix will be coming via software updates "over the next few weeks".
According to The Verge, the users reported the problem saying that the warning appears even with light use of the phone's still photo or video recording capabilities, and in some cases the phone will prohibit any more photo taking until it cools back down.
Others mention the problem arising around or soon after initial setup.
Overheating phones have been a thing for a while and folks recording tens of minutes of video or playing games in exceptionally high temperatures have run into issues like these for years, but reports indicate this is happening to the OnePlus 9 Pro more frequently than we would expect and at lower potential temperatures, reports Android Police.
OnePlus's camera app also spits a big visible warning among two different messages the phone starts to overheat: "The temperature of your device is currently too high, please pause shotting (sic) for a while to bring it down," and "Unable to take pictures as the phone's temperature is too high."
OnePlus recently rolled out a new software update for its recently launched smartphones, OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, for limited users. The new update -- OxygenOS 220.127.116.11 -- bumps up the Android security patch levels on both smartphones to March 2021 and comes with tonnes of improvements and bug fixes.
The OnePlus 9 Pro (12GB+256GB) starts at Rs 64,999 and OnePlus 9 (8GB+128GB) will cost Rs 49,999.
Smartphone brand realme on Thursday expanded its entry-level smartphone C series in India with three smartphones that starts from Rs 6,799.
The 6.5-inch realme C20 (2GB+32GB) in two colours — cool grey and cool blue — is powered with MediaTek Helio G35, houses a 5000mAh battery and an 8MP AI camera) and will be available at an introductory price of Rs 6,799 for the first 10 lakh users from April 13 on realme.com, Flipkart and other key channels.
The 6.5-inch realme C21 comes with MediaTek Helio G35, a 13MP AI triple camera, instant fingerprint sensor and a 5000mAh battery. It will be available in two storage variants (3GB+32GB) for Rs 7,999 and 4GB+64GB variant for Rs 8,999, from April 14.
The third device, realme C25, is powered by MediaTek Helio G70 processor, featuring 13MP AI triple camera, a 6000mAh massive battery, and 18W Type-C quick charge, the company said in a statement.
Available in two storage variants, 4GB+64GB priced at Rs 9,999 and the 4GB+128GB priced at Rs 10,999, realme C25 will be up for sale on April 16.
"Both, realme C21 and realme C25 are the first smartphones which will have TUV Rheinland High Reliability Certification," said Madhav Sheth, Vice President, realme and CEO, realme India and Europe.
The C series continues to be a strong growth driver for the brand, contributing 28-30 per cent of realme India's revenues.?
The battery in realme C20 claims to last 43 days in standby mode and also supports reverse charging.
realme C21 will be among the first smartphones to obtain the TuV Rheinland High Reliability Certification, whose certifications are offered to handsets ranging from flagship to affordable ones.
realme C25 features a 13MP triple AI Camera to make pictures more clear and brighter and an 8MP selfie camera.
realme C series was introduced at the end of 2018 with the launch of realme C1.
With the new launch, the company has, to date, offered nine models in the entry-level segment in the country.