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SpaceX, ULA win large government launch contracts

SpaceX, ULA win large government launch contracts

Science
Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. military on Friday awarded two new defense contracts worth billions of dollars to space launch companies United Launch Alliance and SpaceX, which won a four-way competition, defeating Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman. The contract award means ULA and Elon Musk's SpaceX will launch about three dozen national security missions from 2022 to 2026 -- at a price tag of about $ 1 billion per year. ULA said its contract represents about 60 percent of those missions. Advertisement ULA, a launch provider to the U.S. government for 14 years with Atlas and Delta rockets, is on schedule to launch its next-generation rocket, the Vulcan Centaur, next year, CEO Tony Bruno told UPI in an interview this summer. The new rocket is designed to provide a more efficient, more powerful l...
Government notifies new rules for e-commerce entities: Here’s what changed

Government notifies new rules for e-commerce entities: Here’s what changed

Finance
New Delhi, Jul 24 () The government has notified new rules for e-commerce companies, including mandatory display of 'country of origin' on their products, and said any non-compliance will attract penal action. The 'Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020' were notified on Thursday. The new rules will be applicable to all electronic retailers (e-tailers) registered in India or abroad but offering goods and services to Indian consumers. The violation of the rules will attract penal action under the Consumer Protection Act, 2019. According to the new rules, the e-commerce players will have to display the total price of goods and services offered for sale along with a break-up of other charges. They are also required to mention the 'expiry date' of goods offered for sale and the 'count...
Coronavirus vaccine: UK government signs deals for 90 million doses

Coronavirus vaccine: UK government signs deals for 90 million doses

Health
The UK government has signed deals for 90 million doses of promising coronavirus vaccines that are being developed.The vaccines are being researched by an alliance between the pharmaceutical companies BioNtech and Pfizer as well as the firm Valneva.The new deal is on top of 100 million doses of the Oxford University vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca.However, it is still uncertain which of the experimental vaccines may work.A vaccine is widely seen as the best chance of getting our lives back to normal.Research is taking place at an unprecedented scale - the world became aware of coronavirus at the beginning of the year, but already more than 20 vaccines are in clinical trials.Some can provoke an immune response, but none has...
Coronavirus: Calls for government to clarify face coverings in England

Coronavirus: Calls for government to clarify face coverings in England

Health
MPs have called for the government to clarify its position on face coverings, after the PM said a "stricter" approach to their use in England was needed. Senior sources have said the government is considering making face coverings mandatory in shops in England to slow the spread of coronavirus.Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was "in favour" of the change, adding a simple public message was key.Labour MP Jonathan Ashworth said "strong and clear guidance" was needed.A further 148 deaths were recorded in the UK on Friday, bringing the total number of recorded deaths to 44,798.Face coverings have been compulsory in shops in Scotland since Friday.Currently people in England are advised to wear a face covering in enclosed p...
Huawei: UK government weighs up UK ban of Chinese firm’s products

Huawei: UK government weighs up UK ban of Chinese firm’s products

Technology
The government has received a report into Huawei that is likely to change its policy over the Chinese firm's role in the UK's telecoms networks.Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre had delivered its findings, and officials were now examining them before advising the prime minister.NCSC is believed to have said it can no longer assure the security of Huawei's products because of new US sanctions.Huawei said it was open to discussions.But one of the company's spokesmen took a tougher line over the weekend, following newspaper reports that the government might ban the purchase of new Huawei 5G equipment by the end of the year."UK policy is being dictated by [the] Trump administration... shouldn't the US respect a United ...