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vijay mallya appears in uk for launch of f1 car


by: pti | new delhi | updated: february 22, 2017 11:26 pm vijay mallya has been on the radar of the indian agencies for a long time for his extradition over charges of multi-crore loan default.businessman vijay mallya, who is wanted in india for rs 9,000 crore loan default, was seen at an event in uk promoting a new formula one car launched by his team sahara force india.a relaxed mallya, looking dapper in a suit, was seen with his two drivers sergio perez and esteban ocon in a photograph uploaded by official formula one website.the new car of his f1 team was launched on wednesday at silverstone.fugitive mallya has been on the radar of the indian agencies for a long time now and the government has been in talks with the uk government for his extradition over charges of multi-cro...






rating agencies several notches behind india's reality: shaktikanta das


new delhi: taking a dig at global rating agencies for failing to upgrade india's sovereign rating despite significant improvement in macroeconomic parameters, economic affairs secretary shaktikanta das has said the agencies are several steps behind from reality and are missing out on something which only they can best explain. "it would appear that rating agencies are several steps behind the prevailing reality. at least, so far as india is concerned, that seems to be the case," das said in an interview to pti. "last october, when we went for the annual meeting of world bank and imf along with the finance minister, there also in our interaction with several investors they were surprised how the rating agencies have not upgraded india," he said. india was last upgraded by rating agencies a






national capital authority needs to rethink its purpose


the national capital authority is at a crossroads. for it to maintain a legitimate oversight and governance role in canberra, it needs to step up and become a strong voice for local residents and the act government within the federal government.with the commonwealth seeking to move even more government agencies to rural and regional areas, we haven't seen such blatant disregard for the act residents since the federal government strong-armed the act into a poor land-swap deal in 1995 to obtain the site for the national museum of australia. "the success of canberra as a capital is about more than just promenades, monuments and national institutions." photo: grant phillipsat the time of that controversy, an act government committee recommended the "urgent" establishment of principle...






national capital authority needs to rethink its purpose


the national capital authority is at a crossroads. for it to maintain a legitimate oversight and governance role in canberra, it needs to step up and become a strong voice for local residents and the act government within the federal government.with the commonwealth seeking to move even more government agencies to rural and regional areas, we haven't seen such blatant disregard for the act residents since the federal government strong-armed the act into a poor land-swap deal in 1995 to obtain the site for the national museum of australia. "the success of canberra as a capital is about more than just promenades, monuments and national institutions." photo: grant phillipsat the time of that controversy, an act government committee recommended the "urgent" establishment of principle...






help immigration agents with trump’s new orders? arizona police not volunteering


closeskip in skipxembedxshare some agencies said they would not volunteer for new responsibilities under the orders signed by homeland security secretary john kelly that provide guidelines for enforcing the jan. 25 executive order signed by president donald trump. wochittucson police chief chris magnus speaks at a press conference in 2016.(photo: nick oza/the republic) 209 connect 1 linkedinemailmorerepresentatives of law-enforcement agencies in arizona's border counties and in metro phoenix said they remained focused on local police responsibilities and that would not change with the release of new federal orders on immigration enforcement.agencies on tuesday had yet to receive queries or guidance from u.s. authorities, who have revived pr...






help immigration agents with trump’s new orders? arizona police not volunteering


closeskip in skipxembedxshare some agencies said they would not volunteer for new responsibilities under the orders signed by homeland security secretary john kelly that provide guidelines for enforcing the jan. 25 executive order signed by president donald trump. wochittucson police chief chris magnus speaks at a press conference in 2016.(photo: nick oza/the republic) 208 connect 1 linkedinemailmorerepresentatives of law-enforcement agencies in arizona's border counties and in metro phoenix said they remained focused on local police responsibilities and that would not change with the release of new federal orders on immigration enforcement.agencies on tuesday had yet to receive queries or guidance from u.s. authorities, who have revived pr...






centre to find net worth of its property, real estate news, et realestate


new delhi: the modi government has initiated a never-before land census exercise to gauge how much property government of india owns.the all-india stock-taking, initiated after a written directive from prime minister's office, would help the government understand net worth of property in its name, land under encroachment and any property that could be better used for extra bucks under rent money. the government is also hoping that it might discover its own property that it is unaware of.according to sources, pmo has written to prime land-owning agencies, including land and development office (l&do), urban development min istry, central public works depart ment (cpwd), delhi development authority (dda), delhi's munici pal bodies, defence ministry, de fence research and development organ






jat quota stir: students’ bike rally today


written by sukhbir siwach | rohtak | published:february 8, 2017 3:08 am in a fresh challenge for security agencies, a group of college students have planned to join the quota stir in rohtak wednesday. (representational image)in a fresh challenge for security agencies, a group of college students have planned to join the quota stir in rohtak wednesday. the intelligence agencies have alerted the government to resolve the issue through dialogue soon before it takes a serious turn.watch what else is in the newsin february 2016, the agitation had turned violent when the students had taken to the street after the police resorted to lathicharge. till now, the students and youths have largely maintained a distance from the stir that has seen significant participation from elders and women at the






cuomo warns state agencies to start pumping out good news


gov. cuomo’s office has warned public-relations officers at 55 state agencies to start churning out a lot more good news about the administration — or else, sources said.cuomo’s communications director, james allen, delivered the stern message in a conference call last week, leaving some of the agency officials rattled.“if you don’t generate more press releases . . . changes will be made!” allen declared, according to one source.he singled out some low-performing state agencies by name, the source added.one state p.r. vet said the call was jarring.“i don’t like being threatened,” said the official.cuomo is not up for re-election until 2018, but a big third election victory could position him for higher office.the governor is among those being mentioned as a potential demo...






war on black money: government cracks down on shell companies used for money lau


new delhi: in the latest crackdown on the parallel economy of black money, the government has introduced strict measures to discourage individuals and companies indulging in tax evasion and money laundering. the new set of measures promises "harsh punitive action" against deviant shell companies, which will include freezing of bank accounts, striking off the names of dormant companies, and invocation of benami transactions (prohibition) amendment act, 2016. following a review by the prime minister's office, a whole-government approach involving coordinated efforts and leveraging technology has been initiated to deter financial malpractices. red flag indicators will be used to identify shell companies and a database of such companies and their directors would be built by pulling in inform






tds default: income tax department issues over 850 prosecution notices


bengaluru: the income tax department has issued over 850 prosecution notices to firms in the private and government domain in karnataka and goa on charges of delay in remitting tds funds to the exchequer. a senior official said notices where the tax department files court cases for default in tax deducted at source (tds) payments have been issued to defaulters who have deducted tax from the payees such as employees, professionals, contractors and others and have then delayed the remittance of tax in government coffers or the i-t department. "the department has issued 859 prosecution show cause notices to various deductors which includes private entities, government agencies and public sector undertakings (psus) in karnataka and goa region.karnataka and goa region. "in 48 cases, prosecuti..






3.2% fiscal deficit not enough! rating agencies say do more for rating upgrade


new delhi: rating agencies standard & poor’s and moody’s on thursday lauded india’s commitment to improve fiscal performance, but said a rating upgrade is still sometime away. standard & poor’s, which e under government’s criticism in the economic survey last week, said that india’s fy18 budget illustrated the government’s commitment to improving fiscal performance over the medium term, but heavy debt burden and weak public finances remain key rating constraints. on tuesday, in the economic survey for 2016-17, the government had questioned the complex methodology that global rating agencies use while igning sovereign ratings to countries. in a hard-hitting analysis, the survey said if the per capita gdp is key to upgrading sovereign rating – as suggested by standard & poor’s w






bahrain stresses relentless fight against terrorism


prime minister calls for tougher stance against terrorists to ensure justice is donemanama: bahrain prime minister prince khalifa bin salman al khalifa has said that security forces operations against terrorists will continue until the incubators for terrorism are destroyed and the phenomenon is eliminated.the interior ministry on thursday said it foiled an attempt to smuggle the fugitives who had escaped from the jaw prison in the south of the country on january 1.prince khalifa hailed the security agencies for re-arresting the fugitives, saying that the success of any security operation would send a strong message to terrorists that the government was mobilising all its resources to protect the community from their evil acts and designs.”prince khalifa, who received interior minister sha






nigeria: 120,000 people may face boko haram-created famine, says un report


by: ap | johannesburg | published:february 8, 2017 3:30 pm over 120,000 nigerians may suffer from a famine caused by boko haram. (file p o)more than 120,000 nigerians will likely suffer “catastrophic” famine-like conditions caused by boko haram’s islamic uprising, among 11 million confronting severe food shortages this year, according to a new united nations report. the report from the food and agriculture organi ion predicts that africa’s biggest humanitarian crisis in northeast nigeria will likely deteriorate during the “lean” food season between june and august.watch what else is making news“trends show that food security and nutrition are worsening,” it says. “8.7 million people are expected to be in crisis: 2 million in emergency and 121,000 in famine conditions, bringing the total n






'government must provide incentives, tax breaks to curb cyber crimes'


new delhi: to check cyber crimes, government and regulators must design policies entailing incentives and tax breaks to encourage private sector participation in curbing the menace, a report has suggested. besides, the government must increase budget for cyber security related initiatives such as capacity building, training of the workforce, implementing awareness programmes, and promoting research and development, it said. "the government and regulators should develop comprehensive cyber security policies and frameworks from the perspective of incentives, tax breaks and technological development," the assocham-pwc report said. it further said the policies (made) should be such that they must encourage private sector participation in public sector research and promote the commercialisatio






nia detects 150 ethical ers on islamic state's ' kill list', 70 from mumbai


as many as 150 techies from maharashtra , who have helped the security agencies in track down islamic state operatives across the country, were found to be on the hit list of the the terrorist outfit.according to a report in the indian express, the national investigative agency has acquired a ‘ kill list’ which is said to have been prepared by isis to target ethical ers, software managers and professionals who have helped the security agencies nab the the outfit members.the list has names from across the world and details of over 150 such professionals across maharashtra, nearly 70 from mumbai, says the ie report.you may also likethe “kill list,”  contains names, designations, companies and email addresses of the “targets.”  the daily reports quoting its sources.the security agencies found






vijay mallya: wanted vijay mallya appears in uk for launch of f1 car


new delhi: businessman vijay mallya, who is wanted in india for rs 9,000 crore loan default, was today seen at an event in uk promoting a new formula one car launched by his team sahara force india. a relaxed mallya, looking dapper in a suit, was seen with his two drivers sergio perez and esteban ocon in a photograph uploaded by official formula one website. the new car of his f1 team was launched today at silverstone. fugitive mallya has been on the radar of the indian agencies for a long time now and the government has been in talks with the uk government for his extradition over charges of multi-crore loan default by a consortium of indian banks.






puerto rico defaults on multimillion-dollar debt amid crisis


san juan, puerto rico — puerto rico’s government on wednesday announced another multimillion-dollar default as the crisis-wracked u.s. territory seeks to restructure nearly $70 billion in public debt.the government said it missed $312 million worth of bond payments including $279 million owed by puerto rico’s government development bank, which oversaw debt transactions until falling into a fiscal state of emergency itself. officials warned the bank only has about $156 million in liquidity.the government said the remaining payments missed involve general obligation bonds backed by the island’s constitution and those issued by puerto rico’s public finance and infrastructure agencies.however, the u.s. territory paid $295 million worth of interest due on some debt, including a portion backed b






govt must provide incentives,tax breaks to curb cyber crimes, says report


by: pti | new delhi | published:february 14, 2017 5:27 pmto check cyber crimes, government and regulators must design policies entailing incentives and tax breaks to encourage private sector participation in curbing the menace, a report has suggested. besides, the government must increase budget for cyber security related initiatives such as capacity building, training of the workforce, implementing awareness programmes, and promoting research and development, it said.watch what else is making news“the government and regulators should develop comprehensive cyber security policies and frameworks from the perspective of incentives, tax breaks and technological development,” the assocham-pwc report said.it further said the policies (made) should be such that they must encourage private secto






vijay mallya: wanted vijay mallya appears at f1 event in uk amid extradition tal


new delhi: businessman vijay mallya+ , who is wanted in india for rs 9,000 crore loan default+ , was on wednesday seen at an event in uk promoting a new formula one car launched by his team sahara force india. a relaxed mallya, looking dapper in a suit, was seen with his two drivers sergio perez and esteban ocon in a photograph uploaded by official formula one website. the new car of his f1 team was launched today at silverstone. mallya has been on the radar of the indian agencies for a long time now and the government has been in talks with the uk government for his extradition+ over charges of multi-crore loan default.






report: federal tech start-up falls down on rules, procedures


the general services administration headquarters in washington. (mandel ngan/afp/getty images)the federal technology office has a cute name, “18f” after its location in northwest washington, and the cultivated aura of a new silicon valley firm on the fast track.rather than the stodgy image of an old-line government agency, 18f says it is “built in the spirit of america’s top tech startups, 18f is a civic consultancy for government, enabling agencies to rapidly deploy tools and services to create great services for the public.”but if a general services administration (gsa) internal watchdog report is correct, 18f, not yet three years old, moves too rapidly, by cutting corners and violating procedures, therefore raising sharp questions about the quality of its public service.the la...






report: federal tech start-up falls down on rules, procedures


the general services administration headquarters in washington. (mandel ngan/afp/getty images)the federal technology office has a cute name — 18f, after its location in northwest washington — and the cultivated aura of a new silicon valley firm on the fast track.rather than the stodgy image of an old-line government agency, 18f says it is “built in the spirit of america’s top tech start-ups” as a “civic consultancy for government, enabling agencies to rapidly deploy tools and services to create great services for the public.”but if a general services administration (gsa) internal watchdog report is correct, 18f, not yet three years old, moves too rapidly by cutting corners and violating procedures, therefore raising sharp questions about the quality of its public service.the...






s&p denies cea allegations, says has consistent methods for all


mumbai: two days after a key finance ministry official questioned the methodologies used by global rating agencies and slammed them for following "inconsistent standards", s&p today claimed that its rating methodologies are transparent and consistent across the globe. "it is important to note that we apply the same methodology consistently for sovereigns across the globe and india is no exception. our sovereign rating methodologies are transparent and are freely available on our website," s&p director for sovereign ratings kyran curry said in a webcast. "broadly, we spell out the broad mix of which factors that we look at in essing sovereign credit, including in india's case the balance between fiscal consolidation and stimulating growth," he said. presenting the economic survey o






trump to launch major review of spy agencies amid ‘illegal’ leaks


president trump, in an all-out feud with the country’s intelligence community over persistent leaks, will begin a major review of the spy agencies, according to a report.trump is set to tap a billionaire financier, stephen feinberg, to lead the review, which has been met by “fierce resistance” by the intelligence agencies, the new york times reported.the selection of feinberg, co-founder of hedge fund cerberus capital management and a member of the president’s economic advisory council, signals the president’s attempt to keep the review process within the white house. details of the review – its scope and timeline – have not yet been determined.the findings of any white house review would give trump ammo should he seek full-scale change to the way intelligence agencies operate.trump this w






pakistani parliamentary body approves rti bill


islamabad: a pakistani parliamentary body today unanimously approved a bill to ensure citizens' right to information. a senate select committee gave nod to right to information (rti) bill which will replace the freedom of information ordinance 2002 in the country. the members of the senate committee approved the bill after a through clause-by-clause review of the draft. the newly-adopted law recognises citizens' right to know under the constitution, and to have access to information about the activities of the government. an important part of the bill is that information on any missing person, who are allegedly picked by agencies, is provided in writing by the relevant institution within three days of a request for information being filed. the bill also includes provisions for the protect






spyware targeted proponents of mexico's soda tax


it's not clear who the culprit may be. soft drink industry group conméxico says this is the first time it heard of the spyware intrusion, and it's not clear which government agency would oppose the soda tax so vehemently that it would spy on prominent supporters. while there was a separate incident where a journalist fell victim to spyware after uncovering a presidential housing scandal, there's no evidence that the soda campaign was ordered at the highest levels.whoever's responsible, there's one overriding concern: how did nso group's tool find its way into the wrong hands? the company says it only sells to law enforcement agencies after a thorough vetting process, and there are software measures that stop customers from sharing the technology. either corrupt officials misused the softwa






donald trump’s refugee ban may lead to funding cuts for resettlement agencies


by: ap | salt lake city | published:february 4, 2017 11:03 am a syrian woman carries a water bucket on her head, as she walks through the snow at an informal refugee p in lebanon. in an executive order, us president donald trump suspended all refugee admissions to the us for four months and banned the entry of syrian refugees indefinitely, pending a security review of the admissions program. (source: ap p o)refugee resettlement organizations are bracing for significant funding cuts and possible layoffs over the coming months during president donald trump’s temporary refugee ban. the agencies receive a certain amount of federal dollars per refugee they help resettle, which means they would lose a key source of funding unless the trump administration provides funds in the interim during the






ngt seeks up govt’s figure of industries on ganga banks


by: pti | new delhi | published:february 8, 2017 8:57 pmthe national green tribunal today asked the uttar pradesh government to inform it about number of industries operating on the banks of ganga from haridwar to unnao and total sewage generated from these units.a bench headed by ngt chairperson swatanter kumar asked the advocate general of up to apprise it of the exact figure of industries as different government agencies were giving varying numbers having huge difference.watch what else is making newsthe top law officer of the state ured the bench that he would sort out the issue and would bring before it the figure of industries as well as total sewage generated from these units.the absence of the director of industries of up, who was asked to appear today and give details, in the hea






public money wasted, not a drop of ganga cleaned: ngt


by: pti | new delhi | published:february 6, 2017 10:42 pm the national green tribunal office in new delhi. express p o by tashi tobgyal“not a single drop of river ganga has been cleaned so far,” the national green tribunal on monday observed, ping the government agencies for “only wasting public money” in the name of the cleaning project. the tribunal asked the government agencies about how they were executing the prime minister’s ambitious ‘namami gange project’ and said it does not want the “drama” regarding complaints between the centre and uttar pradesh to go on.watch what else is making newsa bench headed by ngt chairperson justice swatanter kumar asked the agencies to work together on the project to clean the river, saying, “the prime minister has given you a goal, take it as a nati






suicide bomber kills five outside government office in pakistan


islamabad: a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a government office in pakistan on wednesday, killing five people, the army said, the latest attack in a new surge in militant violence. a faction of the pakistani taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the town of ghalanai in the mohmand agency, a northwestern region on the border with afghanistan. the attack took place outside the office of the political agent, the most senior government officer in the region. "one suicide bomber blew himself up once spotted and challenged by security agencies," the army said in a statement, adding that guards shot dead a second bomber. the jamaat-ur-ahrar faction of the pakistani taliban, which claimed responsibility in a statement emailed to journalists, also claimed an attack in the city o






putin calls for cooperation with west against terror


moscow — russian president vladimir putin is calling for a new level of cooperation with western intelligence agencies in order to fight terrorism. “it’s in the general interest to establish a dialogue with the special services of the united states and other member countries of nato,” putin said thursday at a meeting of top officials of the federal security service, news agencies reported. “we need to establish cooperation at a new level in the antiterrorist sphere with foreign partners,” he said.putin at the same time complained that nato “is constantly provoking us and trying to draw us into confrontation,” the reports said.he claimed that russia last year thwarted the activity of more than 400 foreign special agents, but did not give details.copyright 2017 the associated press. all righ






health department to cut 250 public service jobs through voluntary redundancy


the health department will turn to voluntary redundancies as it axes jobs in a process unions warn could see 250 positions gone.in an email to staff, department secretary martin bowles said it would seek expressions of interest for voluntary redundancies as it seeks "a staffing profile that is affordable". martin bowles has announced staff cuts at the health department. photo: andrew mearescpsu deputy secretary beth vincent-pietsch said the redundancies would shed five per cent of the agency's workforce."we have serious concerns about the potential impact of losing that capacity and experience on the agency's essential work," she said."we have begun talks with the department and will continue to closely monitor what impact this reduction in staffing will have on the services provided by he






cisf: terror alert: cisf wants to bring sensitive airports under its security co


new delhi: the central industrial security force (cisf) has asked for the implementation of the counter-terrorism contingency plan (ctcp) at the earliest at sensitive airports across the country in view of intelligence agencies warning of possible attempts to carry out terror strikes or hijackings by the islamic state jihadi group, al-qaida or pakistan-based militant outfits like lashkar-e-taiba and jaish-e-mohammad. under the ctcp, cisf personnel guard the approach roads of airports to screen visitors before they arrive at the departure or arrival terminals. as of now, ctcp is in place only at delhi and mumbai airports. sources said the cisf has prepared a ctcp for each hyper-sensitive airport and is awaiting the government's nod. according to the latest intelligence inputs, internationa






hiring freeze closed government’s front door but left many windows open


president trump, watched by vice president pence, left, white house chief of staff reince priebus, head of the white house trade council peter navarro and senior adviser jared kushner, signs an executive order that places a hiring freeze on nonmilitary federal workers on jan. 23 in the oval office. (kevin lamarque/reuters)president trump’s federal hiring freeze order leaves room for agencies to continue filling vacancies under a number of circumstances and also allows for some movement of current employees inside the government, according to guidance issued tuesday.an exception for “public safety” positions, for example, should be read to allow hiring for “essential activities to the extent that they protect life and property,” while an exception for “national security” positions includes






russia sets up information warfare units: defence minister


moscow: russia's military has created a force tasked with waging information warfare, russian defence minister sergei shoigu said on wednesday, in a move likely to heighten the west's concerns about what it sees as moscow-sponsored "fake news".russian military planners, like their counterparts elsewhere, see the spreading of propaganda as a crucial part of modern warfare. russian president vladimir putin (centre), defence minister sergei shoigu (right) and foreign minister sergei lavrov (left). photo: gettymoscow's activities in this area are under intense scrutiny after us intelligence agencies accused the kremlin of mounting an "influence operation" to help donald trump win the us presidential election last november.european intelligence agencies have also said moscow is seek...






gregg jarrett: the leak of flynn's conversations is a crime


someone in the government committed a serious crime. indeed, it appears that several people did.     those individuals had special access to the content of telephone conversations between president trump's now former national security adviser gen. michael flynn (ret.) and russia’s ambassador to the u.s., sergey kislyak. those discussions were secretly recorded by american intelligence agencies. the tapes are classified documents.   whoever conveyed the information contained therein to the washington post committed a felony. the post reporter, david ignatius, who published the classified material may also be prosecuted, but he should not be. prosecuting the leakers18 u.s.c. 798 states as follows:“whoever knowingly and willfully communicates…to an unauthorized person, or publishes…any classi






orbital atk sues pentagon over plans to award a space robots contract to a canad


orbital atk, a dulles-based aerospace manufacturer, is suing the defense a nced research projects agency over plans to award a canadian firm a $15 million contract to build a fleet of space-faring robots capable of repairing government and commercial ellites.orbital argues the federal program, called the robotic servicing of geosynchronous ellites, would unfairly compete with its own privately funded effort, a system called the mission extension vehicle 1, backed by at least $200 million from investors. the company has set up at a production facility in northern virginia, with a launch planned for next year.darpa wants to build out a government-funded program of its own, and is close to awarding a contract to a company that orbital views as a competitor. in a contract announcement briefly






acting epa head: hiring freeze challenges ‘our ability to get the agency’s work


the environmental protection agency’s acting administrator, catherine mccabe, told employees this week that the trump administration’s federal hiring freeze “is already creating some challenges to our ability to get the agency’s work done.”the comments came in a weekly video update that mccabe, a career epa employee who previously served as a top official in its new york regional office, has been producing for staff since president trump took office last month.virtually each week, she has sought to reassure epa employees who privately — and publicly in some cases — have expressed concerns about trump’s promises to scale back the agency’s regulatory role and his nomination of oklahoma attorney general scott pruitt, a longtime epa antagonist, as its next leader.“we do recognize the transitio






jaisalmer resident held for spying for pakistan


by: express news service | jaipur | published:february 3, 2017 3:13 amthe rajasthan police in a “major breakthrough” on thursday claimed to have arrested a jaisalmer resident after catching him with sensitive information, which he was allegedly planning to share with pakistan intelligence agencies. sadiq khan, accused of spying for pakistani intelligence agencies over a decade, was arrested while he was about to leave for pakistan aboard thar express at bhagat ki kothi railway station on january 27. his mobile phone has revealed his alleged contacts in pakistan’s inter-services intelligence (isi), police said.watch what else is making newsa resident of changania ki basti in sam area of jaisalmer and son of one latif khan, sadiq visited pakistan “three to four times” during this period and






orbital atk sues pentagon over plans to award a space robots contract to a canad


orbital atk, a dulles-based aerospace manufacturer, is suing the defense a nced research projects agency over plans to award a canadian firm a $15 million contract to build a fleet of space-faring robots capable of repairing government and commercial ellites.orbital argues that the federal program, called the robotic servicing of geosynchronous ellites, would unfairly compete with its own privately funded effort, a system called the mission extension vehicle 1, backed by at least $200 million from investors. the company has set up at a production facility in northern virginia, with a launch planned for next year.darpa wants to build out a government-funded program of its own, and is close to awarding a contract to a company that orbital views as a competitor. in a contract announcement bri