By Ashlyn Shaji
Current Events 2016
India launches mini space shuttle
23 May 2016,India has launched an unmanned model space shuttle, joining the race to develop reusable spacecraft. The model took off from Andhra Pradesh and was expected to fly about 70km (43 miles) into the atmosphere before coming down at sea. There has been strong international competition to design alternative reusable spacecraft, since NASA stopped its Space Shuttle Program in 2011. Such vehicles could significantly cut the cost of space exploration.
India orders inquiry into 'cancer-causing bread'
India's health ministry has ordered an inquiry after a study found cancer causing chemicals in many bread and other bakery products. Researchers found residues of potassium bromate and potassium iodate in 84% of the samples collected from Delhi.The chemicals are banned in many countries, but India continues to allow their use in bakeries.