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India to pay $11 million dollars annually for associate membership of CERN

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The government has given a green signal to the long-standing demand of Indian scientists to be an associate member of European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN).

According to a top ministry official, “The government has approved India’s associate membership of CERN. But it will take about an year for formalities to be completed.”

During an event celebrating the 75 years of the discovery of Higgs-Boson, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said, “The approval to be an associate member came at the end of March but due to parliamentary session it was postponed.”

As an associate member, India would be entitled to take part in the open and restricted sessions of the organization, but will have to pay $11 million dollars annually. The non-member states are allowed to attend council meetings and to receive documents without taking part in the decision making procedure of the organization.

Notably, India will be the second country in the Asia-Pacific zone to get such a status after Pakistan.

 

 

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Mother Convicted of Forcing Daughter to Marry

A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

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A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday convicted the mother of four of duping her then 17-year-old daughter into travelling to Pakistan on the pretext of a family holiday in 2016 and forcing her to marry there, the BBC reported.

The mother was found guilty of two counts of forced marriage and was scheduled to be sentenced.

The court heard the girl had been entered into a “marriage contract” with the man years before in Pakistan and became pregnant at 13. The victim had an abortion on returning to the UK, with her doctor reporting his concerns to social services.

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Prosecutors said the girl’s mother told them that her daughter and the man were just “two teenagers who had sneakily had sex” after she was referred, the BBC said.

The girl was tricked into travelling to Pakistan again in September 2016 and was forced by her mother to sign marriage papers.

When the daughter protested against the marriage, her mother threatened to burn her passport and assaulted her.

The mother was also convicted of perjury after she lied about the incident in the High Court.

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It is the first time a forced marriage case of this kind has been successfully prosecuted in an English court. Prosecutions for forced marriage, which became an offense in 2014, are rare. (IANS)

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