திங்கள், ஜனவரி 12, 2009
New Delhi (PTI): Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, currently undergoing treatment at an Army Hospital in New Delhifor a skin ailment, is likely to be discharged in a day or two.
Suffering from eczema, the 77-year-old missile scientist was admitted to the AHR&R on Sunday.
Commandant of the Army Hospital Research and Referral (AHR&R) Lieutenant General O.P. Mathew said Kalam, who was admitted for a routine check up, will be discharged either on Friday or Saturday.
Hospital sources said since Kalam was diabetic, skin infection had aggravated last week, which resulted in his admission to the hospital.
"His insulin level has been checked and he has undergone a complete health check-up. His diabetic condition was responsible for spreading of his infection," the sources said.
Meanwhile, President Pratibha Patil, who is in Hyderabad, sent a bouquet to Kalam and wished him speedy recovery.
Shillong (IANS): Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has cancelled his scheduled visit to Meghalaya to inaugurate the Children's Science Congress for health reasons.
"Dr.Kalam will not inaugurate the Children's Science Congress due to his ill-health,", Thirumalchari Ramasami, general president of the 96th Indian Science Congress, said here.
Kalam was to inaugurate the Children's Science Congress Monday. M.G.K. Menon will inaugurate the congress which is one of the major event of the Indian Science Congress.
The former president was scheduled to arrive here Sunday evening and deliver a lecture at the Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management in Shillong.
He was also slated to inaugurate the state-of-the-art PARAM Sheersh, a supercomputing facility for bio-informatics and computational biology at the Northeastern Hill University.
Shillong (PTI): Former President APJ Abdul Kalam has cancelled his visit to the 96th Indian Science Congress owing to ill health.
"Kalam is not attending the Science Congress as he has taken ill," General President of the Indian Science Congress 2009 Thirumalchari Ramasami said here.
Kalam, popularly known as the "missile man", had attended the annual event even during the five years he was President of the country.
The former President was to inaugurate the Children's Science Congress tomorrow and deliver a public lecture.
Shillong (IANS): While announcing a doubling of the investment in science from 1 to 2 per cent of the national income, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday urged the Indian industry to invest in research and development aimed at boosting science and technology so that young minds are attracted to seeking a career in science.
"We need a new wave of investment from the private sector so that young people will be encouraged to seek a career in science," the prime minister said while inaugurating the 96th Indian Science Congress at the Northeastern Hill University in Shillong.
"India is lagging behind not just in comparison to developed Western nations, but also the new industrialising economies of Asia. While the government is doing its bit to ensure quantitative development, the leadership for qualitative development must come from you (students, researchers and scientists)," Manmohan Singh said.
The Prime Minister announced doubling of the investment in science from one per cent of the national income to two per cent.
"Today we can say with pride that we have launched five new institutions dedicated to teaching and research in sciences," he said. "New institutes for research in Himalayan glaciology, molecular materials, nano science and technology are to be created."
Stressing that the central government was committed to enhancing the budgetary allocations for science and technology, Manmohan Singh said the budget outlay for the ministries of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences have been trebled in the last four years (2004-2008).
Singh said the parliament recently announced the setting up of a National Science and Engineering Research Board that would work towards formulating plans for scientific research funding in the country.
Stating that the government has placed the highest emphasis on making a career in science attractive to young students, the Prime Minister said that his government has widened the higher education base of the country by investing in the creation of 30 new central universities, five new Indian Institutes of Science, Education and Research, eight new Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and 20 new Indian Institutes of Information Technology.
There are also proposals from the Ministry of Science and Technology to adopt a Cancer Research Institute in Chennai, Institute for Advanced Study in Science and Technology in Guwahati and the National Innovation Foundation as grantee institutions.
A large number of scientists, engineers and technologists from India and abroad have gathered for the annual science congress, which this year is on the theme of 'Science education and attraction of talent for excellence in research'.
At the inauguration, Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sabil said scientists of Indian origin scattered in various parts of the world were willing to contribute to Indian science.
"We are devising special programmes to encourage return of scientists to India and work in areas related to life sciences and bio-technology," he said.
The five-day congress will see a galaxy of eminent scientists taking part in various seminars. Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is scheduled to inaugurate the accompanying Child Science Congress in Shillong on Sunday.
Houston (PTI): American space agency NASA, partnered India in its first lunar mission 'Chandrayaan' in 2008, a venture that is contributing to the agency's increased understanding of the lunar environment.
The partnership came in the golden anniversary year of NASA, even as financial crunch cast a shadow over its mission of space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.
NASA partnered with India to fly two instruments aboard the country's first lunar explorer, Chandrayaan-1, which was successfully launched by the ISRO on October 22 and entered the lunar orbit on November 8.
In the 'Moon Mineralogy Mapper', NASA planted aboard the Indian mission an instrument that surveys mineral resources of the moon, while the 'Miniature Synthetic Aperture Radar' is mapping the moon's polar regions and looking for ice deposits in the permanently shadowed craters.
Data from the two instruments is contributing to NASA's increased understanding of the lunar environment as the agency implements the nation's space exploration policy, which calls for robotic and human missions to the moon.
Besides taking part in the lunar science mission with India, NASA during 2008 landed on Mars, photographed distant worlds, added to the International Space Station and made major progress towards returning astronauts to the moon.
Meanwhile on Earth, NASA researchers recorded the continued decline of Arctic sea ice, won awards for aviation breakthroughs, discovered the cause of storms that brighten the Northern Lights and helped create state-of-the-art swimsuits worn by Olympic gold medallists.