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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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Dr Harsh Vardhan Orders Ban on Sale of Biscuits in his Ministry; Only Healthy Snacks to be Served

The ministry also reiterated its earlier order of not using the plastic water bottles

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Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Wikimedia Commons

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has ordered a ban on the sale of biscuits in his ministry and in the departmental meetings and also asked the department to provide healthy snacks such as roasted channa, almonds, dates and walnuts.

In an order released on Friday, the Ministry said, “The Health and Family Welfare Minister has desired that healthy snacks only to be served in official meeting and biscuits are to be avoided.”

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The Health and Family Welfare Minister has desired that healthy snacks only to be served in official meeting and biscuits are to be avoided. Pixabay

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The order said, “Henceforth, therefore, biscuits shall not be dispensed through the departmental canteen and helathy snacks like lahiya channa, khajoor (dates), bhuna channa (roasted channa), badam (almond) and akhrot (walnuts) will be served in the official meetings in the department.” The ministry also reiterated its earlier order of not using the plastic water bottles. (IANS)