India on Monday launched an ambitious mission to soft-land on the surface of the moon and deploy a rover, seeking to become only the fourth country to do so after Russia, the US and China.
Chandrayaan-2, Sanskrit for "moon vehicle," lifted off at 2:43 p.m. local time from the spaceport of Sriharikota in the country's south, Nikkei reported.
The first attempt to launch the mission on July 15 was aborted at the eleventh hour due to a technical glitch. An expert committee, formed to analyze the issue and suggest remedial action, said it had "identified the root cause of the technical snag and all corrective actions had been implemented," according to a brief statement from India's space agency on July 18.
Demand for polymers in India has seen a slight recovery, a week after the easing of restrictions on industrial operations to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.
Russia is questioning a US-proposed global legal framework for mining on the moon, saying the document would have to be examined thoroughly to make sure it complies with international laws before it is officially proposed.
The Indian government has warned all chemical plants to take precautionary measures while resuming operations following yesterday's fatal leak at the LG Polymers India (LGPI) plant, potentially complicating restarts as the country's Covid-19 lockdown eases.
India's bitumen consumption fell by 5pc to 6.3mn t in the 2019-20 financial year that ended 31 March, hit by tighter availability of funds for road construction.
State-controlled NLC India has partially halted power generation at its biggest plant after a fire at one of its electricity producing units.
India's Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) — the operator of one of the world's largest coal import terminals, Mundra — will focus on reducing operating costs and conserving cash in the 2020-21 financial year that started on 1 April amid the Covid-19 pandemic.