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BARC STARTS CELEBRATION OF HOMI BHABHA BIRTH CENTENARY YEAR

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre celebrated Dr Homi Bhabha’s 99th birth anniversary amidst its Founder’s Day festivities and also marked the beginning of the Homi Bhabha Birth Centenary Year, which will be celebrated till October 30 next year. The highlight of the function was a live telecast by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from New Delhi, which was beamed to all Department of Atomic Energy institutions. The PM also inaugurated six new BARC facilities through video conferencing. These include the multi-stage flash desalination plant and the barge-mounted desalination plant – both in Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu; a new training school at Anushakti Nagar in Mumbai; the Critical Facility for Water Reactors and New Hot Cells Facility- both in Trombay and an Electron Radiation Facility in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. The PM also gave away four Lifetime Achievement awards to scientists in the national capital to Govind Swarup of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), S R Paranjpe of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), S L Kati of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and H S Kamath of the Nuclear Fuel Group. The centenary celebrations are expected to continue throughout the year with the different institutions of the DAE holding various events in the year up to the 100th birth anniversary and the year that follows. Sana Warsia – NMTV News.

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