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Laddu - With a Sweet History

If we were to crown the king of Indian sweets… Laddu would win the title hands down. Across India, Laddus are associated with Lord Ganesha, celebrations and of course now with the kids’ favourite cartoon character—Chota Bheem. Marriage or birth, purchase of property or other assets, promotion or new job, nothing is complete without exchange of laddus! The name laddu, ushers in an array of images from nani ke haath ka besan ka laddu, moti choor ka laddu, coconut laddu, til ka laddu, tirupathi prasadam laddu , Shaadi ka laddu or the notorious Thaggu ke laddu (of Kanpur, U.P.). Let’s spare a thought today on how this famous Indian sweet came into being. 





“Creative Commons Punjabi laddu” by Lyrical Lemongrass is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

India’s first space shuttle


RLV: India’s first reusable space shuttle





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India launched its first experimental indigenous winged Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh on Monday.
The RLV Technology Demonstration (RLV-TD), that aims to ultimately put satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter atmosphere, will be carried up on a solid rocket motor. The nine-metre long rocket weighs 11 tonnes.

India's first indigenous RLV-TD space shuttle successfully launched

India launched its maiden indigenous winged Reusable Launch Vehicle, RLV from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh on Monday. The RLV Technology Demonstration (RLV-TD), that is ultimately aimed at putting satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter atmosphere, was carried up on a solid rocket motor. The nine-metre long rocket weighs 11 tonnes. Very similar in its looks to the US space shuttle, the double delta-winged RLV-TD being experimented is a scale model which is almost 6 times smaller than the final version.
“The launch window for the RLV-TD is between 7 am and 11 am,” a senior ISRO official said.
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