PM in Jammu to open Indian Science Congress: Vigil stepped up

JAMMU : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reached here to inaugurate the six-day-long 101st Indian Science Congress tomorrow  at University of Jammu which will provide a platform for intense  discussions on the recent developments in the field  in the  country and abroad.

Official sources here said the Congress, based on the theme,’Innovations in Science and Technology for Inclusive Development’ will have 14 sessions on different subject combinations.
There will be special symposia on ‘Science and Technology Imperatives and Opportunities for Sustainable Development of Jammu &Kashmir.’
The session on ‘Rural Innovators’ will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister on the inaugural day tomorrow, a Jammu University spokesman told UNI.
Former President, Abdul Kalam; Nobel Laureates Prof Y Lee, and Dr Farid Murad and international experts alongwith National luminaries from different streams of science, teachers, young scholars and students, leaders of many Science Academies from other countries besides 8,000 to 10,000 delegates, are expected to participate in the event, he said.    The Science Congress is being organised under the patronage of J and K Governor and University Chancellor N N Vohra, and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also the Pro-Chancellor.
The Prime Minister arrived at Jammu Technical Airport at 1500 hrs from where he left for Raj Bhawan for a review of security in the state, reliable sources told.
Dr Manmohan Singh was received at the airport by a battery of dignitaries including the Governor, the Chief Minister, Chairman Legislative Council Amrit Malhotra, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, Members of the Council of Ministers, Parliament Member and President J&K Pradesh Congress Committee, Saif-ud-Din Soz, Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey and Director General of Police, Ashok Prasad.
The sources said that after the security review, the Prime Minister will hold consultations with Governor N N Vohra.    After a night stay at Raj Bhawan, the Prime Minister will inaugurate Indian Science Congress tomorrow morning at University of Jammu, the sources added.
Tight security arrangements have been made across the winter capital for the Prime Minister’s two-day visit.    Additional troops have been deployed within the city and its periphery, especially around the Raj Bhawan, official sources said.
They said that check points have been raised at all the sensitive locations, adding,”men in civvies and khakhi are also directed to maintain vigil.”
However, commuters faced a tough time during Prime Minister’s arrival as the traffic on the roads, remained halted for around one hour.
Manoj Gupta,a shopkeeper, said that he alongwith his family had to attend a marriage but could not reach the venue on time due to the traffic restrictions for the VVIP visit.    Some of the locals also rued that the traffic curbs did not even spare ambulances carrying patients. (AGENCIES)