An asteroid named (153201) 2000 WO107, that is bigger than skyscraper Burj Khalifa - will barrel past earth on November 29.
The massive asteroid has been classified as a Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA). NEA is a group of comets and asteroids pulled into the orbit due to the gravitational forces of nearby planets, which allows them to enter the Earth’s neighbourhood.
The asteroid will be at a distance of 43 lakh kilometres from the earth even when it is closest to the planet. This distance is more than the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
Foreign direct inflows went up almost 15% during the first half the current financial year. The period also saw Mauritius slip to the fourth spot as the preferred source to route funds into India with the US and tax haven Cayman Islands overtaking it.
Latest data released by the department for promotion of industry and internal trade showed that FDI inflows topped $30 billion during April-September, compared to $26 billion the corresponding period last year.
Among the top 10 sectors tracked by DPIIT, $17.5 billion were invested in the computer software and hardware space, with inflows into the other nine sectors declining.
Among the states, it was Gujarat, which cornered over half the FDI with inflows pegged at $16 billion with traditional leader Maharashtra slipping to the third place behind Karnataka.
India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives have agreed to expand the scope of intelligence sharing, including terrorism and cyber security, during a joint NSA level meet.
The National Security Adviser-level trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation meeting has been revived after a six-year gap. It is sought to promote meaningful cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region, with focus on common issues pertaining to maritime security.
The three countries also exchanged views on common security threats and agreed to broad-base cooperation by expanding the scope to improve intelligence sharing and include issues like terrorism, radicalisation, extremism, drugs, arms and human trafficking, money laundering, cyber security and effect of climate change on maritime environment.