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Shirdi Saibaba trust plans planetarium for school kids

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New Delhi, Jun 12 : Temples and astrology go together, but for the first time a religious complex is joining hands with astronomy.

Shirdi’s Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust has decided to build a planetarium to help inculcate a scientific spirit among students in rural areas around the temple complex.

It plans to build a 200-seat planetarium spread across 22 acres in Shirdi, Maharashtra, using a multi-tier 3-D projection system that would provide night sky view with planets and stars along with the galaxies.

The Rs 100-crore project will also be an added attraction for devotees visiting Shirdi to pay homage to the 19th century mystic saint, Saibaba.

“We plan to have shows spanning an hour an a half where students and devotees can come and know about stars, planets, comets and nebula,” trust chairperson Suresh Haware told PTI.

Maharashtra has several cash-rich temple trusts such as the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple Trust and the Pandharpur Temple trust which are involved in various educational and social activities.

But this is the first time that a temple is constructing a planetarium.

A nuclear scientist-turned real estate developer, Haware said apart from the astronomy shows, the planetarium in Shirdi, about 250 km from Mumbai, would have 25 high resolution telescopes that could be used for gazing at stars and planets.

“The plan is to have such telescopes that can enable a common man to view not just planets, but even their satellites,” Haware said.

The main objective of the project is to help inculcate a scientific temperament in rural areas, Haware said.

“There are 5000-6000 schools in and around Shirdi and a large number of colleges,” he said. Maharashtra has two planetariums—the Nehru planetarium in Mumbai and the Raman Science Centre in Nagpur.

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Hemraj’s wife moves to Supreme Court,challenging acquittal of Arushi’s parents

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In Arushi-Hemraj Murder Case of 2008,  Hemraj’s wife has moved to  Supreme Court, challenging acquittal of  Arushi’s parents Rajesh &  Nupur Talwar.

The Allahabad high court on 12th October acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008, setting aside the 2013 verdict by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ghaziabad.

The couple were awarded life sentence by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad on 26 November 2013, a day after their conviction.

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Cabinet approves bill to replace Medical Council of India

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New Delhi, Dec 15: A bill to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a national medical commission was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

“The MCI will be replaced, and a National Medical Commission bill has been brought. This is to correct the whole medical ecosystem,” he said.

The MCI is a statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education in India. The bill seeks to replace the MCI with a new Commission.

According to government sources, the National Medical Commission Bill envisages a four-tier structure for the regulation of medical education, with a 20-member National Medical Commission at the top.

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New fellowship to promote research in Hindi

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New Delhi, Dec 15 : Researchers in Hindi can opt for an upcoming fellowship that will grant Rs 75,000 per month for a period of six to nine months. The research will ultimately culminate into a full-fledged book, which the organisers will help publish.

Titled “Gyanvriti,” the fellowship is being organised by the Dainik Jagran newspaper and is aimed at promoting research in original writing in Hindi, covering diverse subjects like History, Political Science, Social Science and Economics, among others.

“Gyanvritti will give opportunity to scholar to do research in in subjects like History, Political Science, Social Science, and Economics etc. Scholars can apply online for this fellowship program only. Applicants can send their entries by writing synopsis in a thousand words in related topics,” the organisers said in a statement.

The final decision will rest with the jury members: Professor S N Chaudhary from Barkatullah University and Shakti Sinha, director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, along with the editorial team of Dainik Jagran. The selection of the research fellow will be based on a 1000-word synopsis that the applicants are required to submit.

The selected scholar will then be required to present the progress report of research every three months before an expert panel of the organisers.

The copyright of the 200-page book resulting from this fellowship will rest with the author.

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