FIVE-DAY LONG INDIAN SCIENCE CONGRESS HELD AT LPU, PHAGWARA, CONCLUDED ON MONDAY
After two scientists who delivered unscientific talks based on Indian mythology about ‘Kaurvas as test tube babies’ and gravitational forces as ‘Narendra Modi Waves’, the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) announced strict guidelines for scientists participating in the event in future. The ISCA president, Dr Manoj Chakrabarti, and general Secretary (Scientific Activities) Professor PP Mathur post the concluding ceremony of the Indian Science Congress on Monday said that from now on they would seek a declaration from the scientist invitees ensuring that no unscientific talks were delivered. ISCA president Professor Chakrabarti said that they have passed a resolution in the general body meeting of the ISCA held on Monday. “Indian Science Congress was a purely scientific affair. We would not allow any unscientific talk in it. But, if still somebody goes ahead, our scientists present on the spot would ensure that they do not go out of context,” he said.
General secretary (Scientific Activities) ISCA Professor PP Mathur also said that they would not only seek a declaration from the scientists but also invite the abstract of the papers of scientists in advance to avoid such an embarrassing situation. “A thorough scrutiny of the scientific research papers would be done while all lectures would be attended by the ISCA members. But, if despite all such measures, somebody went ahead with an unscientific talk, they would be removed from the stage,” he said. Notably, scientists across the world and India slammed the statements of both the scientists and questioned the rationale behind their logic. Even Union HRD Minister Parkash Javadekar, who was present for the concluding of Women Science Congress on Sunday dodged the queries and left the venue. On Friday, Andhra University VC G Nageshwara Rao, a professor of Inorganic Chemistry during the Children Science Congress had said that Kaurvas from the Mahabharata were born through stem cell technology and they were test tube babies. He had also said that Ravana from the Ramayana had 24 types of aircrafts and that Sri Lanka at that time had airports too!
Army in a fix to deploy specialised crowd control vehicle in valley
Alarmed over the massive mass protests by violent crowd of stone pelters in the valley, particularly South Kashmir, the Indian Army under unified command was in a fix to introduce a Rs 70 lakh specialised ‘Vehicle Mounted Laser Dazzler for Crowd Control’ (VMLD) manufactured by Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC) Delhi. Manufactured three-years ago, the vehicle was demonstrated to the senior Army officials of Northern Command last year. However, a decision to deploy it for controlling crowd in terror operations and mass protests in the valley was still pending. It was learnt that the Army officials liked the vehicle but fearing public backlash in the valley, the implementation was put on hold.
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