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Dr Jitendra releases Science magazine in Hindi, Urdu; Dogri, Kashmiri versions soon

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today formally released Science magazine in Hindi, Urdu and English and announced that the Dogri and Kashmiri versions of the same, along with other vernacular versions, will be released soon.

While the Hindi and English versions are based on the theme “Dream 2047”, referring to the 100th year of India’s independence, the Urdu version is named Tajassus (Curiosity) and was prepared in association with the Central University of Kashmir.

Speaking on occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh informed that Kashmiri, Dogri, Kashmiri and other vernacular versions of the magazine will be released very soon and observed that communication science in mother tongue is a priority for the Modi government.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi always pitched for using vernacular languages in promoting science communication in a “big way” to develop a “love of science” in the youth and underlined that language should not be a barrier but a facilitator.

Referring to Prime Minister Modi’s speech from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15th August this year, Dr Jitendra Singh said National Education Policy 2020 laid emphasis on the importance of education in the mother tongue for poor children. He quoted Modi as saying, “there is a massive divide in our country regarding language and this cage of language has tied a huge talent. If people from the vernacular medium come forward, their self-confidence will grow”.

He said that promoting Science communication and education in Indian languages is one of the keys focuses of the present government. The efforts are on making available science textbooks in vernacular languages to students; he said a group of resource persons had been tasked with this mission.

Dr Jitendra Singh expressed happiness that the Department of Science and technology has come out with these periodicals associated with the Central University of Kashmir and the Kashmir University. He said the launch of these periodicals is not an isolated affair. It must be seen in the light of ambitious schemes of the Modi Government like Atmanirbhar Bharat and Digital India.

When the most advanced countries like Russia, Japan, Germany and China can have the best of science literature and projects in their mother tongues, India has also taken the lead to communicate modern science and technology in all the Indian languages. He said our learning becomes deeper when we study in our mother tongue.

Dr Jitendra Singh complemented the Department of Science and Technology and the Central University of Kashmir for creating a platform for producing science literature for the general public in Urdu and said that soon science popularization, communication and extension publications in Kashmiri and Dogri would commence along with other Indian languages.

Dr S Chandrasekar Secretary DST, Dr Shekhar C Mande, DG CSIR, and Dr Nakul Parashar, Director, Vigyan Prasar, addressed the release programme.

Vigyan Prasar in the Ministry of Science & Technology has launched SCoPE (Science Communication, Popularisation and Extension)-in-Indian languages. As a part of this SCoPE Vigyan Bhasha initiative, a big push is sought to be made to communicate the latest developments in Indian languages. The information would be disseminated through print via books, periodicals, booklets and posters. In addition, television and radio programmes in all Indian languages would be produced for communicating science to the public. In this regard, Vigyan Prasar has started IndiaScience TV, India’s only OTT channel. This channel has created more than 3000 programmes in Hindi & English. It will make them available in other Indian languages.


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Trai mandates telcos to provide pre-paid mobile recharge plans with 30-day validity

On Thursday, regulators Trai said that telecom operators would have to provide recharge plans with a validity of 30 days for pre-paid customers.

The step is expected to reduce the number of recharges done by a customer during a year.

Currently, telecom operators provide recharge plans with a validity of 28 days, leading to thirteen recharges during the year for customers who look for monthly recharge.

“Every telecom service provider shall offer at least one plan voucher, one special tariff voucher and one combo voucher having a validity of thirty days,” Trai said in a notification.

The notification mandates mobile phone service providers to provide one plan voucher, one special tariff voucher and one combo voucher, which shall be renewable on the same day of every month.

Further, telecom companies have been ordered to comply with the order within 60 days from the day of notification of the rules.

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Three terrorists affiliated with LeT, TRF held in J-K’s Ganderbal


Ganderbal Police along with the teams of 24 Rashtriya Rifles and 115 Batallion of CRPF on Friday arrested three terrorists who are allegedly affiliated with proscribed outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Resistance Front (TRF), said a statement by the Indian army on Saturday.

Two pistols, three magazines, and two Chinese grenades were recovered from the accused persons, added the statement.

The three were identified as Faisal Manzoor, a resident of Braripora Shopian, Azhar Yaqoob, a resident of Zaipora, Shopian, and Nasir Ahmad Dar, a resident of Begam Kulgam, as per the statement.

“During preliminary questioning, the three revealed their affiliation with proscribed outfit LeT/TRF and indulgence in various terror-related activities in the district,” said the statement.

An FIR had been registered and further investigation is underway.



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