SpaceX said two private citizens have paid money to be sent around the Moon late next year, in what would mark the furthest humans have ever travelled to deep space. The United States has not sent astronauts to the Moon since NASA's Apollo missions of the 1960s and '70s.
The United States, whose annual military expenditure of over $600 billion is more than the defence budgets of the next seven countries combined (China, India, United Kingdom, Japan, France, Saudi Arabia, and Russia) plans to hike its military expenditure by nearly ten per cent.
In a significant signal India is finally responding to Islamabad's peace gesture, the Indian government had decided to release 39 Pakistani nationals languishing in Indian jails. Among them are 21 prisoners who have completed their sentence and 18 fishermen.
A number of Indian and Chinese companies will participate in an international summit in Nepal next week that aims to position the landlocked country as an attractive investment hub. The Nepal Investment Summit 2017 in Kathmandu on March 2-3 will see the participation of nearly 250 companies from about two dozen countries.