February - March 2004
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President combines his love for plants along with scientific research
President Dr. APL Abdul Kalam is particularly interested in the Mughal
Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan, especially in the medicinal and religious
plants. He combines this interest with his commitment to scientific research
and development and advance in defence requirements.
When Mr. H P Kanoria, President, Agrihorticulture Society of India along
with Mr. Sitaram Sharma, Consul General of Belarus in Kolkata met him in
New Delhi recently, he demonstrated his keenness. Mr. Kanoria presented
two unique plants from the Agrihorticultural Society and requested him
to visit the Agri-horticulture Garden during his proposed trip to Kolkata
in February. Dr Kalam desired that these plants could also be planted in
the Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhawan. The President showed Mr. Kanoria
and Mr. Sharma on his personal monitor different sections of the Mughal
Gardens, particularly those with herbal and religious plants. Mr. Kanoria
who also happens to he the Editor-in-chief of Business Economics presented
a copy of the paper to the president of India.
Mr. Sitaram Sharma, Consul General for Belarus mentioned to the President
that he was highly respected in Belarus as a scientist.The President said
that he has many friends in Belarus and that as Scientific Advisor to the
Ministry of Defence and later to the Prime Minister, he had visited Belarus
a number of times. Mr. Sharma said that during his visit to Minx, capital
of Belarus, he learned that senior ministry officials of Belarus were looking
forward to a state visit of the Indian President. They hope that ties in
scientific research and development and development in defence between
the two countries will be further strengthened by President Kalam's visit.
Will Be Top Ten In Telecom - Claims Ambani
Ambani, Chairman and MD of Reliance Industries, beaming with confidence,
said at the Pravasi Bhartiya conference, "We will be among the top
ten by 2006 as far as telecom sector is concerned, from our present rank
of 46th." His group recently made a big quake in the telecom services
industry by introducing 40 paise a call on mobile phone. Ambani emphasised
that for India to grow fast in telecom and other industries, the developed
world must life barriers to exports of Indian products and services to
Compliment the government of India for its telecom policies, which resulted
in achievement of the targeted tele-density of seven per cent ahead of
schedule, Ambani said such policies were also needed in electricity, civil
aviation and other sectors.Reliance Infocomm, a flagship company of Rs.
650 million Reliance Group has invested over Rs1800 million in telecom
sector. It claims to have created a subscribver base of over 50 million
within nine months.
's Honours List
Singh, a prominent Sikh leader and community worker, receives OBE for
his services to race and community relations.
Prof. Monder Ram, professor of Small Business, De Montfort University,
Leicester, receives OBE for service to black and ethnic minority businesses.
Mel Sim Lal receives OBE for services to equal opportunities
The following get MBE. Mr. Amratlal Ghelabbhai Desai, Amarjit Singh Dhillon,
Manilal Iccharam Mistry, Amrita Singh and Chaudhry Asif Yaqub, Subathira
Arunachalam, Anjali Dey, Heeranand Lachiram Kirpalani, Jayantilal Sojar,
Gosar Shah and Captain Amarjit Singh Gill of Berkshire Army Cadet Force.
Nihal Vijaya Devadas Kaviratne, Chairman, Unilever Indonesia has been awarded
Britiish ambassador to India, Michael Anthony Arthur has beenconferred
with the Order of the Knight Commander of St Michael and St George.
Prince Karim Aga Khan IV has been awarded the Knight Bachelor of the British
of Indian Origin Lead Mars Exploration
the current spate of news on planetary exploration a little deeper andit
emerges that scientists of Indian origin have been entrusted with key
roles. That's true on both sides of the Atlantic. As the lead engineer
for the current Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Lprasun N. Desai was
one of three engineers from NASA who joined the large team overseeing
the mission from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena during the
Mars landing on Jan.3.
As the spacecraft approached Mars, Desai and his colleagues began work
at about 9am that Sasturday morning in the EDL War Room.
The initials stand for 'entry, descent and landing', the crucial steps
for changing the spacecraft Spirit from an interplanetary space cruiser
to a six-wheeled robot equipped to roll over Martian terrain in search
for signs of life and water. Well before the historic event, Desai admitted
that the success or failure of the mission would boil down to the last
six minutes, the period when Spirit's parachutes would be deployed and
its rockets fired to slow it down for landing on Mars."Three and a
half years of work comes down to the last six minutes," said Desai,
who watched the landing from mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab.
(Courtesy Francis C. Assisi, India West)
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