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India's First IT Union Officially Registered In Pune

New Delhi: The Pune chapter of the Forum for IT Employees (FITE) has become the first officially registered trade union for the IT sector in India. FITE, which has been at the forefront of fights against massive layoffs in the sector, was registered as a trade union by the office of the state Labour Commissioner in December.

 An organisation of IT employees, FITE was formed in Bengaluru a few years ago to fight the layoffs in IT sector. The Forum later set up chapters in other IT hubs like Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad. It used Facebook and other social media platforms to garner support and help laid-off employees seek legal recourse.

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Adorable Rainbow Peacock Spiders Could Help Improve Instruments In Space!

New Delhi: Scientists have revealed that the ability of some spiders to produce a rainbow of colours no their bodies may help humans make advances in the field of optics.

As reported in a new Nature Communications study, an international team of researchers has been closely examining two miniature Australian peacock spiders: the rainbow peacock spider Maratus robinsoni and Maratus chrysomelas.

These tiny peacock spiders which don’t grow longer than 5 millimeters, are famous for its intricate body colorations and courtship patterns. They also have large eyes, which are necessary for good color vision, and which also make them look extremely cute.

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ISRO Adds Another Feather Launches 100th Sattelite Sucessfully

New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (or popularly known as ISRO) launched its first satellite of 2018, the PSLV-C40 carrying Cartosat-2 series satellite on Friday. ISRO kicked off the countdown for the launch of PSLV-C40.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV-C40 lifted off successfully from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. 

The PSLV carries 31 satellites in total from countries including India and six other countries. Among is the satellites that the PSLV is carrying is India's 100th satellite, Cartosat 2 -- a surveillance satellite. The satellites are to be launched in two orbits which makes the mission a unique one according to scientists. 

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A New Desalination Method Offers Low-Cost Alternative To Purify Salty Water

New Delhi:Providing safer drinking water to those in need may become a little easier as Penn State researchers have developed a new desalination technique that removes salt from water using less energy than previous methods.

The "battery electrode deionisation" method improves upon previous techniques by avoiding a regeneration step by alternating the direction of the electrical current. Thus, instead of using 1.2 volts, researchers switched between -0.6 and 0.6 volts to get the same result.

"Globally, there is reduced access to fresh water,” said one of the researchers Bruce Logan, Professor at Pennsylvania State University in the US.

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Beware! This Dangerous Malware Can Steal Your Banking Details

New Delhi: In India, banking apps are increasingly being used for carrying out Internet-enabled transactions conveniently. Almost every bank has a mobile app. But it looks like net banking isn't really safe in an era of increasing cybercrime.

Security software company QuickHeal discovered a new Android banking malware "Android.banker.A9480" that's targeting 232 banking apps to steal user's login credentials.

"Android.banker.A9480" malware has targeted several major banking apps, including SBI Anywhere Personal, Axis Mobile, iMobile by ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank MobileBanking, HDFC Bank MobileBanking LITE, , IDBI Bank GO Mobile+, Abhay by IDBI Bank Ltd, IDBI Bank GO Mobile, IDBI Bank mPassbook, Baroda mPassbook, Union Bank Mobile Banking, and Union Bank Commercial Clients.