Richard Branson reached the edge of space and safely returned to Earth, a trip that marks a turning point in the effort to help create a space-tourism industry.
The space trip that Mr. Branson and five other crew members completed on a Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. rocket plane lends credence to the company’s ability to safely take passengers to and from space.
Virgin Galactic, the company Mr. Branson founded, plans to initiate commercial service next year, charging passengers hundreds of thousands of dollars each for such flights.
The test flight was aimed at evaluating systems and the passenger experience, as well as providing additional validation of its safety.
India has pulled out around 50 diplomats and security personnel from its consulate in Kandahar in Afghanistan in view of the deteriorating security situation and the Taliban gaining control of new areas around the southern Afghan city.
A special aircraft of the Indian Air Force was sent to bring back the Indian diplomats, officials and other staff members including a group of Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel.
Authorities have described the pull out of the India-based personnel as a temporary measure and the consulate continues to operate through the local staff members.
India's move to temporarily bring back its Indian staff came in view of Taliban fighters rapidly seizing control of a number of key areas in the region as well as in western Afghanistan triggering huge security concerns.
As part of Vietnam’s efforts to deepen cooperation with various states, Industrialist N.S. Srinivasa Murthy based in Bengaluru has been appointed as Honorary Consul General of Vietnam for Karnataka.
He is the first honorary consul general of Vietnam from India and the 19th across the world.The appointment is for a period of three years.
Mr. Murthy is the owner and Managing partner of N. K. SubbiahSetty& Sons which is into manufacture of agarbattis (incense sticks) since 1932.
It was a very serious decision by the Government of Vietnam to find a person who can represent well the image of Vietnam in Bengaluru and then help to protect the interest of Vietnamese nationals as well as companies.