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First commercial electric plane takes flight in Canada

Vancouver, Dec 11 (AFP/PTI) The world's first fully electric commercial aircraft took its inaugural test flight on Tuesday, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver where tall mountain peaks edge the Pacific Ocean.

"This proves that commercial aviation in all-electric form can work," said Roei Ganzarski, chief executive of Seattle-based engineering firm magniX.

Iran self-sufficient in producing military hardware: Iran top commander

TEHRAN, Dec 6 (NNN-Xinhua) — Chief of Staff of Iran Armed Forces Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said that the Islamic republic has achieved self-sufficiency in building military equipment needed to defend the country.

Iran is becoming less dependent on foreigners in producing defense-related hardware thanks to its universities as well as knowledge-based companies, which are actively designing and manufacturing military equipment, Baqeri was quoted as saying by Press TV.

Iran Navy Mass Produces “Jask” Cruise Missile

TEHRAN, Dec 1 (NNN-IRNA) – Iran’s navy announced mass production of the indigenous submarine-launched Jask cruise missile, Press TV reported.

Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said, Iranian submarines will be equipped with the missile, the range of which will be improved “substantially” in the future.

He said, the weapon will allow the Iranian navy to hit targets across long ranges.

The missile “will surely be a serious surprise for the enemy,” he said, without detailing on the specifications of the weapon.

North Korea: Kim supervises latest weapons test

PYONGYANG, Nov 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) - North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un supervised Thursday’s test of what it called a “super-large multiple launch rocket system”, Pyongyang’s state media said Friday, hinting that it could be the last in that series.

Pyongyang fired what South Korea described as “unidentified projectiles” on Thursday, as nuclear talks between the North and the United States remain deadlocked.

India: ISRO successfully launches CARTOSAT-3, 13 US nano satellites

Sriharikota, Nov 27; GANASHAKTI: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday successfully injected into orbit its earth imaging and mapping satellite CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 commercial nano satellites from the United States.

ISRO Chairman K Sivan described today's launch as a "wonderful success."

With cloudy skies in the back ground, the 44.4 metre tall PSLV C47 rocket lifted off majestically at 9.28 am from the second launch pad at this spaceport here.

Kuwait Performs First Successful Heart Transplant

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, Nov 27 (NNN-XINHUA) – Kuwait has successfully conducted the country’s first heart transplant surgery, Kuwaiti Minister of Health, Bassel Al-Sabah, said, Tuesday.

The first heart transplant surgery was performed at the Salman Al-Dabbous Heart Centre, of Adan Hospital, Al-Sabah said, hailing it a milestone achievement.

The surgery was conducted on a patient, who suffered from severe heart failure, he noted, adding, the heart was transferred from a dead woman.

India: MoU signed with Western Sydney University to promote Ayurveda

New Delhi, Nov 23 (PTI) The All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Western Sydney University, Australia aimed at promoting collaboration in research and developing guidelines for integrating Ayurveda principles with modern medicine.

Professor Barney Glover, Vice Chancellor of Western Sydney University, Australia and Prof Tanuja Nesari, Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) signed the MoU on Friday during the visit of the delegation led by Dan Tehan, Minister for Education, Australian government.

Israel plans to become world leader in artificial intelligence

JERUSALEM, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Israel is in the process of making a national plan to become one of the most advanced countries in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), experts said.

"We are now making a national plan that will be submitted to the government to make Israel, within five years, one of the top five leading countries in the world in artificial intelligence technology," Isaac Ben-Israel, head of an Israeli team on formulating a national AI plan, told Xinhua.

UAE in weapons making push as allies restrict sales

22 Nov 2019; MEMO: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is making a push to develop high-tech military hardware that would give it control over critical defence capabilities and lessen reliance on imports.

Wary of threats from rival Iran, and concerned over moves by some allies to hold up arms sales, the UAE is reshaping a military industry already seen as the region’s most sophisticated.

India: Prithvi-2 missile successfully testfired at night

Balasore (Odisha) November 20 (PTI) India successfully testfired on Wednesday the indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-2 missile at night as part of a user trial by the Army from a test range off Odisha coast, an official said.

Two Prithvi-2 missiles were test fired consecutively and both tests met all parameters, the official said from the Interim Test Range at Chandipur.

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