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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Address 5th Science Fest Through Video Conferencing

The role of women scientists and entrepreneurs in defining the scientific growth trajectory will also be highlighted at the festival

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York, Sept. 27, 2019. VOA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address the 5th India International Science Festival in Kolkata on Tuesday through video-conferencing.

The four-day festival, which will begin on November 5, is being organised at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. The objective of the festival is to instil scientific temper among the masses, showcase India’s contribution in the field of science and technology, and to build a strategy for inclusive advancement of science and technology.

Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Health and Family Welfare, will attend the event along with Science & Technology Ministers from states, scientists and academics.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Wikimedia Commons

As part of the event, a Young Scientists’ Conference is also being organised where 1,500 young scientists and researchers will get an opportunity to interact with experts and present their papers.

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The role of women scientists and entrepreneurs in defining the scientific growth trajectory will also be highlighted at the festival. Around 700 women scientists and entrepreneurs are expected to attend the event. (IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi Hails India’s Position in Astronomy in Mann ki Baat

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)