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With just 11 days to go for Brexit deadline, UK rejects all deal options

With just 11 days to go for Brexit deadline, UK rejects all deal options

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Updates from :  the Hindu : There had been hopes that a shorter list of options chosen from the eight that were put to MPs last week would help identify a route forward that MPs could rally around. Concerns that the United Kingdom could crash out of the European Union without a deal have risen after the House of Commons once again rejected all options put before it in a second round of indicative votes. While the option of customs union membership was defeated by just 3 votes, the huge divisions within and across parties led the EU Parliament’s Chief Negotiator on Brexit Guy Verhofstadt to conclude that a hard Brexit seemed almost inevitable, warning that the UK had one more chance to break the deadlock of “face the abyss.” This comes just 11 days before the UK is set to crash o
India’s ASAT missile test created 400 pieces of debris, endangering ISS: NASA

India’s ASAT missile test created 400 pieces of debris, endangering ISS: NASA

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Updates from :  the Hindu : The U.S. space agency’s statement comes five days after India demonstrated its anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite, The head of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Tuesday branded India’s destruction of one of its satellites a “terrible thing” that had created 400 pieces of orbital debris and led to new dangers for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Jim Bridenstine was addressing employees of the NASA five days after India shot down a low-orbiting satellite in a missile test to prove it was among the world’s advanced space powers. Not all of the pieces were big enough to track, Mr. Bridenstine explained. “What we are tracking right now, objects big enough to track — we’
Japan says name for new era of Naruhito will be ‘Reiwa’

Japan says name for new era of Naruhito will be ‘Reiwa’

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Updates from :  the Hindu : Emperor Akihito is stepping down on April 30, in the first abdication in 200 years, bringing his era of “Heisei” to an end. The new era takes effect May 1. The name of the era of Japan’s soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be “Reiwa,” the government announced on Monday. Emperor Akihito is stepping down on April 30, in the first abdication in 200 years, bringing his era of “Heisei” to an end. The new era takes effect May 1. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday the name draws from the 7th century poetry collection “Manyoshu.” Mr. Suga said that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would explain the meaning of the name later at a news conference. It is believed to be the first time the era name, or “gengo” has been taken from a Japanese d
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